Wife begging to meet dowry demand

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Rehana Khatun, a newly married woman, is now begging in the street with agony to meet the demand of dowry of her husband. Rehana Khatun (18), daughter of Alal Uddin, a rickshaw puller of Nutun Bazar area in the town while begging from door to door along with her father met the correspondent recently and narrated her woes. Rehana said that she married Belal Hossain, son of Kuddus of Chaitanya village under Shibpur Upazila some six months ago.

At the time of solemnisation of marriage her father assured Belal of giving Tk. 5,000 as dowry. Two months passed after the marriage and Belal pressed Rehana to bring the money. Her poor father somehow managed Tk. 2,500 to meet half of what her husband demanded. But her father-in-law, mother-in-law and husband did not agree to spare much time and pressed Rehana to bring the rest amount of money. On expression of her inability to manage the money in such a short time, she was subjected to inhuman physical torture.

Rehana said, "when it became unbearable to bear the bruntof torture, I came to my father's house for solace and stayed with him for two about weeks. My ailing father is unable to pull the riskshaw to maintain the family let alone to procure money for dowry.

Having found no other alternative I have come out along with my father for begging to manage Tk. 2,500. I hope I shall be able to collect Tk. 2,500 soon and shall again go to my husband Belal who is waiting for dowry" (The Independent, September 25, 2004).

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