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Tangail college teacher lands in jail for wife’s attempted murder over dowry

  • Published at 06:33 pm March 9th, 2021
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He has been on the run since the murder attempt in September last year

A tribunal in Tangail has sent a college teacher to jail in a case filed over the alleged attempt to kill his wife by pouring Hexisol (disinfectant) into her mouth and torturing her for dowry.

Judge Khaleda Yasmin of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal passed the order on Tuesday after rejecting accused Faisal Ahmed Ripon’s bail plea.

A physics teacher at Mowlana Bhashani Abdul Hamid Khan Degree College, Faisal is the son of one Ismail Hossain from Haorpara village under the district’s Kalihati upazila.

According to case details, Faisal married Rafiza Sultana, from Dhanbari upazila, on May 5, 2017. He had taken a motorbike and 10 tolas of gold as dowry at the time. He sold the gold a year later.

After that, he sought another Tk500,000 as dowry from his father-in-law and started pushing his wife to get the money. At one stage, Faisal began torturing Rafiza both mentally and physically.

On September 7 last year, he and his relatives beat her up badly and tried to kill her by pouring Hexisol in her mouth.

When her physical condition started to deteriorate, they took her to Tangail General Hospital and fled, leaving her there alone.

Upon recovery, Rafiza filed the case against Faisal and his family members nine days later. An arrest warrant was issued on October 13 and all the accused had been in hiding since then.

Faisal finally appeared before the tribunal seeking bail on Tuesday. But the court denied his plea and sent him to jail, his lawyer Harun Or Rashid said.

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

In January this year, five women were also killed and seven others tortured over dowry