Odhikar

Shahinur Begum allegedly killed over dowry demands

Shahinur Begum (19) was the daughter of Kalu Miah Prodhan of Baghaiakandi village of Gojaria thana in Munshiganj district. On May 20, 2011, Shahinur got married to Humayun Kabir Raju (25), son of Mohammad Badshah Miah from Lokkhipur village and soon after the marriage, Raju started demanding dowry.

According to Shahinur’s family, at around 2.30 pm of February 4, 2012, Raju hacked and killed Shahinur because they could not continue giving dowry. Shahinur’s brother, Mohammad Sanaullah Prodhan filed a case as a plaintiff in Gojaria Police Station. The case is numbered: 03, date- 04/02/2012 under section 11 (ka)/30 of Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Domon Ain 2000 (Amendment 2003).

On April 30, 2012, the Investigating Officer, Sub Inspector (SI) Farid Uddin submitted the charge sheet to the Court.

Statement of Odhikar:

There are different reasons behind acts of violence against women and their intensity. One is the weakness of law enforcement agencies and the long process of punishment under the criminal law. Odhikar demands the government to take more effective steps to protect women against all forms of violence, especially domestic violence.

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

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

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