A newlywed schoolteacher, who was tortured allegedly by her husband and in-laws for dowry on Friday night, is now undergoing treatment at Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital with severe injuries on the head. The victim, Nurun Nahar Tanjila, 28, an assistant teacher of Dangapara Government Primary School in Atwary upazila of Panchagarh, is daughter of freedom fighter Sheikh Nurul Islam. Victim’s family sources said Tanjila was married to Anwar Hossain, a lecturer of Pirganj Government College and son of Helal Uddin, on May 28 this year, following a love affair and the couple started living Tanjila’s parents’ house. Couple of weeks after the marriage, Anwar began to create pressure on Tanjila for dowry and started torturing her frequently. Being refused continuously, Anwar snapped all ties with Tanjila and started living at his parents’ house 20 days ago. On Friday morning, Anwar phoned Tanjila and asked her to come to his Laututhi village home for a discussion. Following Anwar’s call, Tanjila accompanied by her cousin’s husband Ashraful Islam went to the house the same evening. After reaching the house, a quarrel ensued between Tanjila and her in-laws’ family members, including her husband Anwar, over the issue. At one stage of altercation, Anwar and his family members beat up Tanjila mercilessly and later hit her on the head with a sharp weapon around 11:30pm, leaving her seriously injured. They also harassed Ashraful physically when he tried to save Tanjila from their wrath and confined him to a room. Hearing screams, neighbours rushed in, rescued Tanjila and admitted her to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital the same night. Being informed by the locals, police rescued Ashraful from his confinement and detained Anwar’s father Helal from the house.
Tanjila filed a case with Thakurgaon Police Station against nine people, including her husband, yesterday.