Accused claims it's love, not teasing
The uncle of Nashifa Akand Pinky, who committed suicide on Tuesday allegedly for eve-teasing, and the main accused in the case gave contradictory statements at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station yesterday.
Pinky's uncle Ali Ashraf Akand said main accused Murad had pulled her scarf and hand and slapped on her face when she went to buy a bandage for her hand injury from a nearby dispensary.
As she could not bear with such insults, she returned home immediately and committed suicide, he said, adding, Murad used to tease her on her way to school and other places.
He added before committing suicide she left a chit in which she stated that Murad slapped on her face and for that humiliation she committed suicide.
Murad was arrested in Khalispur in Khulna Saturday morning and brought to Dhaka at night. He told reporters he had slapped on her face but that was not "an act of teasing but an emotional expression of his love".
Murad said he on Monday asked her not to talk with him as her grandmother arranged her marriage with a Canadian expatriate, who was also her relative.
"Refused by me, she broke down in tears, left the scene and injured her palm after returning home. On Tuesday at around 9:00am when I saw the wound I could not check myself and slapped on her face."
He claimed he fell in love with Pinky around nine months ago.
He also claimed he had voice record of their telephonic conversations and photos in his cellphone's memory card, which is now with his mother.
Asked, Ali Ashraf trashed Murad's claims and said Pinky was a minor girl and he had no plan to marry her off. On the photographs, he said digitally doctored photos are no surprises nowadays.
He said Pinky had no cellphone of her own, so it was impossible for her to make telephonic conversations which Murad could record.
Deputy Commissioner Chowdhury Monjurul Kabir of Tejgaon zone DMP said, "We'll track call records of Murad to know if he had phone conversations with Pinky. We're trying to recover the memory card to examine the photos."
He added they have sent the suicide note to Criminal Investigation Department to verify Pinky's handwriting.
Ali filed a case against security guard Abul Kalam and Murad on Tuesday with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station. The police arrested security guard Kalam the same day.
Kalam is accused of helping Murad tease Pinky.