Housewife murdered for dowry
A young housewife was brutally killed allegedly by her husband and in-laws over dowry-related dispute at Sunagar village in Sadar upazila of the district on Sunday night.
The deceased was identified as Zakia Begum, 24, wife of Hasan Kha of Sunagar and daughter of late Abdul Motaleb Sheikh of Sontulia village in Rampal upazila.
Being informed, Sadar police on Monday morning recovered the body which bore several injury marks.
They said Hasan killed his wife on Sunday night and hung the body with a tree to make it appear like a suicide case.
The law enforcers arrested Hasan's mother and sister in connection with the killing.
However, the alleged killer went into hiding following the incident.
Zaheda Begum, mother of Zakia, said they solemnised the marriage of their daughter with Hasan, son of one Mohammad Kha of Sunagar nearly five years ago.
After the marriage, Hasan, a cosmetic vendor by profession, used to torture his wife for dowry.
Unable to bear the torture, the young girl returned to her father's house 8-10 times.
Later, Zaheda gave Hasan Tk 30,000 in phases, considering about her daughter's happiness.
But, Hasan continued to torture Zakia, saying that the amount was meager.
Even, two years after the wedding, he married another girl and divorced her (his second wife).
About one and a half months back, Hasan put pressure on Zakia's family to meet his dowry demand through selling lands.
Failing to realise the demand, Hasan severely beat up his wife.
Following the incident, Zakia, along with her two and a half years old son, returned to her father' residence in Sontulia village.
On Sunday, Hasan went to his in-laws house, regretted for his past acts and brought back Zakia to his house.
On the fateful night, Hasan along with his other house members, strangled Zakia after tying her legs with rope.
Zaheda, battered with great shock, demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the killers of her daughter.