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Woman languishing in jail with baby

Yasir Silmy

13 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

CHATTOGRAM: A Bangladeshi woman, who got registered as Rohingya after fleeing with her Rohingya husband, is languishing in jail with eight-month-old baby.

She was arrested on June 3 while her identity as a Rohingya had been revealed after going to Divisional Passport and Visa Office in the city's Mansurabad area to get passport. 

The authorities concerned filed a case against her with Double-mooring police station.

The ill-fated arrestee was identified as Shiraj Katun, 33, daughter of late Nur Islam of village Purba Khurushia of Padua union under Rangunia upazila in the district.

Sources said Shiraj, an illiterate young girl from lower-middle class family, developed love affair with a youth named Siddique, who worked as labourer in her locality a decade ago.

She didn’t know that Siddique was a Rohingya actually.

Sensing that her family will not accept their relationship for social status, the duo fled the area and got married in 2010.

At one stage, Shiraj came to know that her husband was a Rohingya, but she had no option to leave him or come back home.

Siddique started leading life living here and there for being a Rohingya and Shiraj followed him.

In 2018, police detained the couple and sent to a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar. Shiraj hid her identity as Bangladeshi then just to live with husband, said the sources.

With the help of husband, Shiraj got registered as a Rohingya giving finger print in the server to live and get ration facilities at the camp.

Her name was changed as Salma Khatun from Shiraj Katun and the father’s name Md Ishaq from Nur Islam during the registration.

Though they had three children at the camp, Siddique used to torture Shiraj for various reasons.

Their second child died after few weeks of birth. Later, Siddique left Shiraj putting her in great trouble.

Finding no way to survive, she came back home at Rangunia with two children some two months back.

But, the family didn’t receive her normally fearing tarnishing of social status.

So, they planned to send her abroad to ensure better livelihood for her.

As part of this, Shiraj went to the passport office in the city’s Mansurabad area on June 3.

As officials identified her as Rohingya after providing finger print, they detained her and handed over to police. Finally, she landed in jail with eight-month-old baby following a court order.

Her brother Fazlul Islam told the daily sun that his uneducated sister fled away being insisted by Rohingya Siddique in 2010 and returned around two months ago with two children.

“She even didn’t inform us about the matter of getting registered as Rohingya after coming back home,” Fazlu said.

Contacted, Padua Union Parishad (UP) Member Md Salauddin of Purba Khurushia ward confirmed the Bangladeshi identity of Shiraj.

"I justified the identity after visiting her residence and talking to locals and her family members," he said.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Mohsin of Double-mooring police station said that the woman disclosed her real identity after arrest.

They attached her national ID card with the case documents, he said adding that investigation was going on in this connection.

Shiraj’s lawyer Advocate Md Nazrul Islam said his client was cheated by husband who helped her to get registered as Rohingya.

"We have collected all the necessary documents proving her as Bangladeshi to submit before the court on Sunday (today)," he said.

“We are hopeful of getting her released in bail,” added the lawyer.