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Bangladesh woman set afire over dowry dies from burns after 11 days

  • Published at 05:08 pm February 18th, 2021
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File photo of the Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

At least 89 women were tortured to death over dowry across the country in 2020

A 40-year-old woman from Tangail’s Delduar upazila, who was set afire allegedly by her husband, has succumbed to her burn injuries while undergoing treatment at a Dhaka hospital.

The victim, Marjina Begum, breathed her last on Wednesday evening at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, adjacent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Meanwhile, police have arrested her husband Swadhin Ali, 50, in this connection.

The couple used to live at a rented house in Gazipur’s Konabari area, said Konabari police OC Abu Siddique, adding that Swadhin had long been demanding dowry from her, triggering a regular dispute in the family.

In continuation of the feud, Swadhin set Marjina on fire on February 7 at the house, from where their neighbours rescued and rushed her to a local hospital.

She was later referred to DMCH, from where she was moved to the burn institute.

“Swadhin has been sent to jail in a case their son filed over the incident,” the OC said.

According to rights body Ain O Salish Kendra, at least 89 women were tortured to death and another 99 were physically humiliated over dowry across the country in 2020.

In January this year, five women were also killed reportedly over dowry.