Amid controversy over national cricketer Soumya Sarkar being pictured sitting on a deerskin during his engagement ceremony, his family today claimed it was an heirloom and had been in the family for years.
The controversy started after a photo of Soumya on the deerskin during his engagement ceremony in Satkhira made the rounds on social media. Use of deerskin as a trophy is a punishable offence under the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act of 2012.
Under the law, the punishment for acquisition of deer as trophy is up to two years' imprisonment or a fine of up Tk 1 lakh, or both.
"We perform our religious and ceremonial rituals with the deerskin. It is an heirloom that was passed down from our ancestors and has belonged to the family for many years," said Soumya's father Kishorimohon Sarkar, a retired district education officer.
"Soumya Sarkar is a national cricketer and a pride of the country. However, law is equal for all," said Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Satkhira Sadar Police Station.