Odhikar

Fatema Khatun was allegedly killed in demand of dowry

Fatema Khatun Kajol (19) was the daughter of Mohammad Akram Shorder of Alipur Purbopara village of Sadar upazila of Satkhira district. On November 5, 2011, she married Mohammad Mominur Rahman Momin (26), the son of Harun Molla of Boikari village of Sadar upazila.

On February 27, 2012, Momin and his family assaulted and injured her for dowry money. At around 6 in the morning of February 28, 2012, they tried to kill her by pouring poison into her mouth. She died under treatment at around 8.30 in the night on the same day. Fatema’s family alleged that she was killed due to dowry demand. Fatema’s father, Akram Shorder filed a case as a plaintiff. The case is numbered: 66, dated: 28/2/12 under section 11(ka)/30 of the Nari O Shishu
Nirjaton Domon Ain 2000 (Amendment 2003).

Odhikar’s statement

During the fact finding, Odhikar came to know that Fatema’s father was illiterate and that is why a policeman wrote the F.I.R. for him. In the F.I.R, he mentioned that at around 6 in the evening of February 28, 2012, Fatema was given poison.

However, Fatema’s relatives said that Fatema was poisoned in the morning of February 28, 2012. Even the accused Momin mentioned that the incidence took place in the morning. According to section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, an FIR must be read back to the informant and signed by him. It is doubtful that this was done, since the time of occurrence is wrong. This could jeopardise the investigation. Odhikar demands proper, lawful investigation into the case and the accused to be punished.

fact-finding-violence against women-Fatema Khatun-2012-eng (full text in English, PDF)

fact-finding-violence against women-Fatema Khatun-2012-ban (full text in Bangla, PDF)

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