An Islamic cleric who often gives speech against dowry and torture of women at various Islamic congregations has been sent to jail in a case for torturing his wife brutally over dowry.
The accused is NHM Soyeb Hossain Siddiqi, 40, son of Abdul Hye Mia of Maddachar Baruitari village in Kurigram's Bhurungamari upazila.
Kohinur Begum, mother-in-law of Soyeb, filed the case with Sadullahpur Police Station in Gaibandha on Sunday night.
Soyeb married Somia Siddiqa, daughter of late Ibrahim Sarkar of Dura Mithapur village in Rangpur's Pirganj upazila, over a year ago. Soyab lives in a rented house at Sadullahpur as he is the teacher of a local madrasa.
Soyeb often tortured his wife for Tk 2 lakh dowry after their marriage, said Kohinur Begum.
On January 18, Soyeb beat Somia Siddiqa mercilessly following an altercation over the issue. At one stage, he broke her hands. Soyeb then left the home for attending an Islamic congregation and he did not return since then.
Later, villagers arranged Somia's treatment.
On Sunday, Soyeb suddenly appeared in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur to attend a congregation, after one and half month.
Being informed, villagers and relatives of Somia rushed to the spot and caught Soyeb and handed over him to police after giving him a good beating. Both of his hands were broken.
Masud Rana, officer-in-charge of Sadullahpur Police Station, said the arrestee was later produced before a court that sent him to jail on Monday.