A housewife succumbed to her injuries yesterday, four days after she set herself on fire after being tortured by her husband.
Jesmin Akhter, 38, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit around 8:30am. According to her family and hospital sources, she had 65 percent burns.
According to Jesmin’s brother, her husband Sirajul Islam had physically abused her on June 6 as she could not arrange Tk 2 lakh for him, which he had demanded. “She set herself afire with kerosene in front of family members at Salamatia of Munshiganj’s Srinagar upazila the next day,” the victim’s brother said.
Jesmin was married off to Singapore expatriate Sirajul Islam in 1996 at the age of 15. Sirajul returned to Bangladesh two years after the wedding. Since then he remained unemployed and frequently demanded money from Jesmin’s family, the victim’s brother said. “She was often beaten by Sirajul for money,” her brother alleged.
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Srinagar Police Station Eunus Ali said the victim’s brother has filed a case accusing Sirajul, and police are investigating.