DU student Sumaiya’s death: Husband, father-in-law on 3-day remand

Sumaiya (R) with her classmate in the convocation ceremony on Dhaka University campus
Sumaiya (R) with her classmate in the convocation ceremony on Dhaka University campus Collected
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A court on Friday sent two accused on a fresh three-day remand in Natore after hearing the case over the death of Dhaka University student Sumaiya, reports UNB.

Magistrate Mehedi Hasan granted three-day remand for Sumiya's husband Mostak Hossain and father-in-law Jakir Hossain, said Abdul Matin, investigation officer of Natore police station.

Police had requested the court for a seven-day remand.

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On Thursday, police arrested Mostaq Hossain and his father Zakir Hossain from Bogura and Rajshahi.

Sumaiya’s mother Nuzhat Begum filed the case against four people after the death of her daughter on 22 June. Later, police arrested Sumaiya’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Police formed eight special teams to arrest the other accused.

Sumaiya’s mother Nuzhat Begum filed the murder case alleging her daughter was killed by her in-laws as she denied leaving her education.

The victim's family members said Sumaiya took admission to Islamic Studies department of the Dhaka University at the encouragement of her father, Siddiqur Rahman Jashori, a renowned Islamic speaker. She was married to Mostaq in 2019 when she was a third-year student. Her in-laws could not accept her decision of continuing further studies. Instead, they asked her to focus on household works. But she did not stop her studies as Siddiqur Rahman used to bear the educational expenses.

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She completed her honours and masters studies with good grades and was taking preparations for BCS examinations staying in Dhaka. Suddenly her father Siddiqur passed away in September 2019. Following her father’s death, Sumaiya had been facing some economic problems. At that time, her in-laws again asked her to concentrate on the family instead of job. Ignoring all the pressures, Sumaiya was taking preparations for a government job. But she could not fulfill her dreams.

Her family alleged Sumaiya’s in-laws beaten her to death on Sunday night and tried to substantiate the death as a suicide.

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