A housewife sustained severe burn injuries after her husband and mother-in law allegedly set her on fire over dowry in Kabilbazar area of Gaibnadha’s sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The victim is identified as Sharmin Akter, 27, wife of Korban Ali, a resident of the area.Locals said, that Korban, son of Ismail Hossain, and Sharmin got married two years back. After the marriage, Sharmin was tortured by her husband and in-law’s family for various reasons including dowry.
Sharmin, who is undergoing treatment at the burn unit of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), said Korban and his mother Kulshum Begum locked into an altercation with her in the noon. At one stage of the argument, Korban and her mother suddenly set her on fire with a gas lighter.
Hearing Sharmin’s screams, neighbours rushed to the spot and took her to District Sadar Hospital in critical condition.
Later, doctors of the hospital transferred her to RMCH as her condition deteriorated at 10:00 pm.
Majibar Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC- investigation) of Gaibandha Sadar police station, confirmed the matter.
The OC also said, “No one complained with the police station yet. Action will be taken if any one lodges case in this connection”.