A woman and her two daughters have been found dead, with their throats slit, inside their home at a government staff quarters in Darussalam area at Mirpur, Dhaka.
The deceased have been identified as Jasmine Aktar, 35, wife of Md Hasibul Islam, and their daughters Hasiba Tahsin Himi, 9, and Adiba Tahsin Honey, 5.
Family members and police said the tragic incident occurred at the couple’s flat on the third floor of building No 134 at Paikpara C Type Government Staff Quarter between Monday afternoon and evening.
Hasibul is an assistant legislative draftsman at the Parliament Secretariat while Jasmine worked at the Department of Agricultural Extension.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) Senior Assistant Commissioner (Darus Salam zone) Jahangir Alam said police recovered the bodies around 9:15pm and sent them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsies.
“A knife was also recovered from the scene. We are investigating,” he added.
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Police officials carry one of the bodies down the stairs of the staff quarter building Arifur Rahman Rabbi/Dhaka Tribune
According to Hasibul, he and Jasmine’s brother Shahinur Rahman had found their apartment at Tolarbagh, adjacent to Government Bangla College, locked from inside in the evening.
They broke the door open only to find the bodies of Jasmine and the two children lying in a pool of blood, he said.
DMP Joint Commissioner (crime) Sheikh Nazmul Alam said they were suspecting that Jasmine murdered the children and then killed herself. There were sharp weapon wounds in the necks, abdomens and hands of Himi and Jasmine, while Honey was stabbed only once in her stomach, he said.
“However, we are also looking into other possible reasons behind their deaths,” he added.
Shahinur, who lived with the family, told the Dhaka Tribune that his sister came home from office around 2pm. “I found the door of their room locked when I came home around 3pm. As she did not respond to my calls, I thought she was sleeping after taking sleeping pills. She used to take the pills as she has been suffering from severe depression and migraine for a long time.
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Police officials bag evidence from the room where the bodies were found Arifur Rahman Rabbi/Dhaka Tribune
“Later in the evening, after both my brother-in-law and I returned home, we found the room still locked from inside. As Jasmine was not responding, we grew anxious and broke down the door and found their bodies.”
He said Hasibul’s nephew Rawshan Jamil and his wife Rumana Begum have also been living with the family for the past one-and-a-half years in another room of the flat. Rawshan was not home and Rumana was asleep in their room when the incident happened.
Jasmine’s cousin Rehana Parvin also said Jasmine’s depression had worsened over the past month, as she was not happy about her children’s education and upbringing. “Jasmine felt her job was hindering her from taking care of her children. But she was also unwilling to resign as government jobs do not come easily.”
However, all family members said Hasibul and Jasmine seemingly had no problems or was not going through any marital discord which could have led to such a gruesome outcome.