Odhikar

Monzila Khatun Sathi was attacked by acid allegedly by her husband, Liton

On the evening of 9 July 2011, at around 7.30pm Liton, the son of Kader Ali and Khadeja Begum of Chadkathi village of police line area of Satkhira threw acid on and burnt the face, neck and breast of his wife Moshammot Monzila Khatun Shathi (20), the daughter of Yunus Ali and Moshammot Rokeya Khatun of Itgacha. Hearing Monzila Khatun scream, local
people rushed to the spot and rescued her and poured water on her injury and got her immediately admitted to the Satkhira Sodor Hospital. In hospital, Monzila was given emergency treatment for 5 days. Treatment for acid victims is not advanced in Satkhira which is why she was transferred to the Acid Survivors Foundation in Dhaka. After getting
treatment for 12 days, she is staying in her father’s residence at Itagacha. Monzila’s mother as a complainant filed a case against Md. Liton in Satkhira Police Station. Case is numbered-42, dated: 10/07/2011 under section 5(Kha) of the Acid Control Act 2002. The case is under investigation under SI, Mahbubur Rahman of Satkhira Sadar Police Station. Liton has not yet been arrested, though it is known that he is staying in his house.

Odhikar’s statement

It is apparent that on 24 November 2010 Liton sent a divorce letter to Monzila and on 25 November 2010 Liton got married for the second time before the divorce was finalised. Police informed Odhikar that Liton was absconding, but the fact-finding team of Odhikar talked to Liton at his home on 6 August 2011. During fact-finding Liton said that on the day
of the incident, he was cleaning his turmeric field until noon but his uncle informed Odhikar that Liton was helping in some work at home. There are huge contradictions in their statements.

Odhikar demands the accused Liton be arrested as soon as possible and tried under the  prevalent criminal laws; and that the government ensure enough security for Monzila.

fact-finding-violence against women-Monzila Khatun Sathi-2011 (full text in English, PDF)

fact-finding-violence against women-Monzila Khatun Sathi-2011 (full text in Bangla, PDF)

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