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Mentally challenged woman reunited with family after a decade via Facebook

  • Published at 12:04 pm January 15th, 2021
Durga Rani reunited with family Tangail
Durga Rani, a resident of Dinajpur, is reunited with her family after 11 years. The photo was taken in Tangail on Thursday, January 14, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The humanity displayed by one Asaduzzaman Rony, a resident of Tangail, who helped her, cannot be ignored

A mentally challenged woman has been reunited with her family after 11 years, thanks to the role of social media platform Facebook.

In the incident, the humanity displayed by Asaduzzaman Rony, a resident of Dhubria village in Nagarpur upazila of Tangail, cannot be ignored in any way.

He gave the woman shelter at his house for all these years and at the same time, had been trying to find out her identity.

However, the woman, 27, identified later as Durga Rani of Dinajpur, was handed over to her family on Thursday afternoon.

Rony, president of Dhubria Bazar Merchants' Association, said he found the woman wandering through the streets of Dhubria union in 2010.

"When asked about her identity, she was not able to provide any. Then, I sheltered her at my house and gave her a name, Laily.

"I continued to seek out her identity. At one stage, I wrote about it on Facebook and posted her picture. 

"After 11 years, I was able to locate her family and address with the help of locals. I am very happy to bring the girl back to her family," he said.

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The husband of Durga Rani, Ramesh Harijan, a member of the Harijan community of Shostitola Shahidul Colony under Dinajpur municipality, expressed his gratitude to Rony for his humanity shown to Durga.

"My happiness knows no bounds after getting my wife back. Our two daughters are also waiting eagerly to see their mother."

Local Awami League leader Awlad Hossain said Rony has done a great job upholding human values.

"I discussed the matter [about the woman] with my brother Dilip, who lives in Dinajpur. He also posted the matter on his Facebook account which was shared by many of his friends.

"At one stage, leaders of the Harijan community came to know the matter and informed the family of the woman. After confirming her identity, she was handed over to her husband and brother," Awlad added. 

Durga has already left Tangail to return home.