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Varsity teacher’s ‘torturer’ husband nabbed

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Severely injured DU teacher Rumana Manjur lying in a hospital bed in Dhaka (L) on Monday, her alleged torturer and husband Syeed Hasan Sumon (R).

POLICE arrested Syeed Hasan Sumon, who allegedly tortured his wife Rumana Manjur, a teacher of Dhaka University, mercilessly 10 days ago, in the capital Wednesday afternoon.

A team of detective branch (DB) arrested Sumon at Mugda area at about 2:10pm, Masudur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Daily Star.

The alleged torturer has been kept at the DB office on Mintoo Road in the capital. Police officials are scheduled to hold a press conference at 4:00pm and may produce Suman before the journalists.

Sumon allegedly tortured Rumana, an assistant professor of International Relations at the DU, ruthlessly on June 5 at her father’s house in the city’s Dhanmondi.

She was admitted to hospital on the same day. Doctors have confirmed that Rumana’s left eye has been completely damaged.

“Doctors are now trying to save the other eye,” said Rumana’s father Manjur Hossain, a retired army officer.

A case was filed against Sumon with Dhanmondi Police Station the next day.

Police raided several places including the accused’s Paribagh residence in the city over the past few days to arrest Sumon but could not trace him.

Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday, the High Court summoned police officers concerned to explain their failure to arrest the torturer of Dhaka University teacher Rumana Manjur.

The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore, in a suo moto move, ordered assistant commissioner (AC) of Dhanmondi circle, officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station and the investigation officer of the case filed in connection with the incident to appear before it Thursday morning.

The court issued the order publication of reports in different newspapers that the police have failed to Sumon.


“He pushed his fingers into my eyes,” a battered wife told newsmen at LabAid Hospital in Dhanmondi where she was undergoing treatment Monday how her sadistic husband made her suffer beyond belief, “And dragged me by my hair on the floor.”

At one stage, Sumon repeatedly gnawed her nose, face and throat, Rumana said while talking to reporters at the city’s LabAid Hospital for the first time since she was injured.

Rumana was doing Master of Science (MS) in Colombia University, Canada, on Fulbright Scholarship.

Rumana claimed her husband frequently assaulted her during their 10-year conjugal life. He beat her up several times on her return from Canada on May 12.

The man was furious when she decided to continue her study in Canada. “But I tolerated all sorts of torture considering the future of my only daughter,” Rumana told reporters on Monday.

Sumon, a graduate from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), has been living at his father-in-law’s house since Rumana got pregnant, said Zobaida Nasreen, a teacher of DU anthropology department and a friend of Rumana.

Sumon used to quarrel with his wife over trifle issue and at times beat her up, said another DU teacher preferring anonymity. But Rumana did not tell her parents about her torment as she married him without their consent.

Sumon, former student of Faujdarhat Cadet College, has never engaged himself in any kind of job or business, the teacher added.

After nine days of anguish and trauma, the barbarously assaulted DU teacher was flown to India Tuesday with the hope of regaining her eyesight.

She will be treated at Sankara Nethralaya, a medical research foundation in Chennai, India, said Prof Dr Delwar Hossain, chairman of the DU IR department.


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