Sirajganj, Oct 25 (UNB) – A teenage wife well below the legal age for marriage is said to have committed suicide after being deceived by her husband at Balighurirchar village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Salma Khatun, 14, daughter of Aktar Hossain of the village.
Rafikul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj Sadar Police Station, said Salma had an affair with Saiful Mia of Kushtia and they got married 10-12 days earlier.
How the blatant violation of the country’s anti-child marriage law was allowed to proceed is not clear, unless it fell under the controversial ‘special circumstances’ provision that allows for violations of the legal marriage age.
Salma came to know about Saiful’s first wife and son on Wednesday as she went to her in-laws in Kushtia where she was not accepted by them.
Later at night, Saiful brought Salma back to her parents’ house in Sirajganj where she locked herself in a separate room and hanged herself.
Being informed, police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
Police also arrested Saiful after a case was filed in this regard.