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Woman arrested for burning her daughter to death in Gazipur

  • Published at 10:38 am May 28th, 2021
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The victim's father filed a case on Thursday

Police on Thursday arrested a woman in Gazipur on charges of killing her teenage daughter by setting her on fire, over a family feud.

The deceased was identified as Umme Humaira Bijli, 17, daughter of Bazlur Rahman and Helena Begum, residents of Muladi, Barisal.

The victim was a 10th grader at Gazipur Police Lines School. 

Police arrested Helena, 42, soon after her husband filed a case against her with Bashon police station.


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Citing the case statement, the police station Inspector (Investigation) Sheikh Mizanur Rahman said Bazlur, a security guard by profession, lived in a rented house with his wife and two daughters in Chandana's Burir Mor area.

On May 21, Helena scolded her eldest daughter Bijli over a family matter at around 10:30pm.

At one stage, she doused her daughter with kerosene and set her on fire, he said in the case statement.

Hearing Bijli's scream, neighbours rushed to rescue her and put out the fire, but by then she had sustained severe burn injuries.

Bijli was taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College and Hospital in Gazipur, from where she was referred to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka.

The girl died on Wednesday afternoon while undergoing treatment at the burn institute, the police inspector added.