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12:00 AM, December 04, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 04, 2011

Tortured wife faces death threat, seeks security

A housewife, also mother of two children, has alleged death threat by husband and in-laws after she filed a case against them on charge of cheating and torture for dowry.
Sharmin Jahan Sumi, 30, wife of Liakat Shahriar Khan Russel, 35, a resident of Gorosthan Road area of Barisal city, made the allegation to reporters at Barisal Reporters Unity on Friday noon.
Russel started physical and mental torture on her demanding dowry after their marriage on November 25, 1999, and the torture continued even after two daughters were born to them, Sumi said.
On November 30, Sumi lodged a case with Kotwali police station against her husband Russel, brothers-in-law Rigan and Munna, Russel's friend Selim Ahmed and car driver Razu, accusing them of torture and working as accomplices.
Russel collected gold ornament worth Tk 2 lakh and other valuables from Sumi and Tk 17 lakh from in-laws by cheating in the name of loan for business and again demanded Tk 3 lakh, the complainant said in the case.
"On October 24, 2011 Russell tortured me and ousted me with younger daughter from the rented house in Gorosthan Road area of Barisal city. Keeping our elder daughter as hostage, he asked me to take her after paying the demanded Tk 3 lakh from my father.
"I went to my father's house at Kawnia in the city and took treatment there. On November 13, I went to my husband's house and told him about our inability to pay the demanded dowry. Russell and his family members then tortured me and snatched my gold chain worth Tk 60 thousand.
"As my father and brother rushed to Russel's house to rescue me, the in-laws also tortured them and snatched their money and mobile phone before letting them and me go," Sumi said.
Shaheduzzaman, officer in charge of Barisal Kotwali police station, said Sub Inspector Helal has been given the charge of investigating the case and action will be take if the allegation is found true.
Accused Russell denied the allegations against him.

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