To avoid early marriage
Fifteen-year-old Marium, who mysteriously went missing from her Kalapara house on September 18, has been rescued from Dhaka, thanks to the sincere efforts by police.
“Marium, daughter of late Babul Mallik, also a Class IX student at Mohipur High School in Patuakhali, told us that she fled from home to save herself from early marriage,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Mainul Hasan told journalists in presence of the girl around 1:00pm yesterday.
“Police found Marium working at a garments house in Dhaka on Wednesday and she was brought to Patuakhali town this morning,” he said.
Earlier Marium's mother Nur Jahan, 40, said she went to bed with her two children Marium and Hamim, 3, after having meal on September 18 night.
In the morning she saw some bloodstains on the floor while Marium was missing.
Informed by villagers, police went to the spot and found a bloodstained knife there.
Police interrogated family members and some relatives but failed to trace Marium.
“After a few days, a phone call from an unknown number came to Marium's mother's mobile and she recorded it. Later police identified that the voice was Marium's and the call was made from Mugda area in Dhaka,” the SP said.
“Then police started working in the area and finally found Marium working at the garments house named Runa Fashion.
“Marium said she slaughtered a goose and put its blood on the floor and fences. Then she went to Kalapara town at night and from there got on a Dhaka-bound bus the next morning.
“Later, with the help of a relative she managed the job. We will send her to the court and her statement will be recorded tomorrow [Sunday],” the SP said.