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All she wants is punishment

Rumana weeps, tells how she forgave husband upon numerous tortures

After doctors in Bangladesh and India have failed to restore Rumana Manzur's eyesight, the Dhaka University teacher now has just one option open: waiting for a miracle.

“I don't know what will happen with my eyes. Now everything depends on Allah,” a crying Rumana said yesterday.

She was talking to journalists at capital's LabAid Hospital, where she was readmitted on Monday after her return from India. She demanded punishment of her assaulter husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon.

An assistant professor of International Relations Department at DU, Rumana sustained severe injuries as Sumon pushed his fingers into her eyes at their Dhanmondi residence in the city on June 5.

After initial treatment at LabAid, she was taken to Sankara Nethralaya, an eye hospital in Chennai in India, on June 14. Later she was shifted to Arvind Eye Centre in Pondicherry.

Ophthalmologists there confirmed that her left eye has gone blind permanently while the retina of the other one is not responding to her brain.

“Only some miracles can bring back the vision of my daughter,” her father Manzur Hossain said quoting Indian doctors.

Recalling the torture by her husband, Rumana broke down into tears.

“He assaulted me before my five-year-old daughter and left the room leaving me in a pool of blood.

“My daughter was crying. I could not see anything at that moment. My head was hit against some furniture when I tried to get out of the room with my daughter,” she said.

Also a postgraduate student at the University of British Columbia in Canada, she said Sumon started torturing her within days after their marriage. But she forgave him time and again thinking of their only daughter, Anusheh.

“Please, press for his punishment.”

Asked about the allegation of a romantic relation with an Iranian man during her stay in Canada, she said: “Please don't believe such fabricated allegation. Ask those I stayed with in Dhaka and Canada. Nobody can make such allegation.”

Earlier, her friends at the university in Canada and the Bangladeshi community there said the accusation of infidelity is “nonsense,” and is an attempt to damage her reputation.

Rumana's lawyer Elina Khan, who was present at the press briefing, fears that one of Sumon's lawyer uncles might influence the case against Sumon.

Police arrested him on June 15.

A Dhaka court yesterday placed him on a two-day fresh remand in a case filed for an attempt to murder Rumana. He was earlier remanded for three days in two phases.

Bahauddin Faruki, sub-inspector of Detective Branch, in his remand prayer said Sumon needs to be quizzed before Rumana.

Also yesterday, 45 academics, writers, lawyers, human rights activists and media personalities in a statement expressed concern that Rumana is being subjected to character assassination by a section of the media and some individuals on social media.

They condemned any attempt to justify the cruel attack on Rumana.

Meanwhile, DU teachers of international relations department in a press release demanded shifting of the case against Sumon to a Speedy Trial Tribunal.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury visited Rumana at LabAid.

Nahid ensured the family members that her assaulter will be brought to justice.

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Death sentence is an easy punishment for his inhuman crime.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

We want to punish Rumana's furious husband Hasan.

: Ferhana akter jui


  • Orpa Kuzur
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:21 PM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Please do not take too much time to punish Rumana's husband Hasan Sayeed. Make sure that Hasan will get hard punishment as soon as possible.

  • Md Ruhul Amin
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:00 PM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Women of every family, please raise your stern voice against all sort of discrimination and domestic violence and obviously follow respective religious directions for the ultimate social stability.

  • Kh. Shahirul Islam
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:25 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Character assassination by a section of the media and some individuals on social media, is nothing but an attempt to save the human beast Syeed from dire punishment. In front of his innocent daughter he brutally tortured his wife. We those who are trying to draw sympathy for him by attacking Rumana's character.

  • Tirtho Mahmud
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:51 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    It is a sad story and the behavior of the culprit is a sad reminder that as a species, we have still a long way to go. There is another point that makes me wonder about the standing social psyche of Bangladesh. Questions were asked about Rumana's alleged affair. Even if she had one, that does not justify any brutality of this sort. Simple divorce would have been sufficient. I am sorry for her and hope light will shine in her eyes again.

  • Suja Sarker
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:05 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Hasan has acted as criminal, no doubt. But only Hasan did not create the situation, element of mistrust and insecurity contributed to the event. Continuous inferiority complex due to social position, unemployment, eye sight problem and mental health was associated with it. At that stage of life, to give blunt warning for separation without any valid reason, is completely shocking for any man. I felt for Hasan as well.

  • Rari Akber
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 09:49 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    I think both of them are same. If there is nothing that guy can not beat her and also that guy may be has mental problem as he was jobless. Before any punishment there should be a medical check up. Without it any justice it will be injustice.

  • Iqbal Ehsan Shovon
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 09:46 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Our society should be seriously aware of conjugal violence. We always think only poor men can violently attack their wives. But Rumana's case shows that it happens in educated, elite and middle class people. We are really in deep moral crisis.

  • arislam
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 09:27 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    It is a shame for us. Sayeed is a disgrace to our society. The culprit should not be escaped as many Sayeeds are hidden in our society.

  • Md. Siddiqur Rahman
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 08:56 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    It is a brutal activity by Hasan. He must be punished.

  • anowar hossain
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 06:34 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Hasan deserves an exemplary punishment for his cruel, heinous and barbaric act. Repression against women must be stopped.

  • Shamsun Nahar
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 05:09 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Rumana's husband should be publicly hanged. He does not deserve any mercy.

  • Masud Isa
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 04:53 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Conjugal differences, any incongruity in relationship which are beyond irreparable, the solution can be separation or divorce. Torturing wife is a crime and in this case the ruffian should be punished so that other similar offenders can take a lesson.

  • Tahmina
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 04:47 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Look at the utter non-sense! Even if she had a relationship he could have divorced her.He has committed a crime.

  • Saif
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 02:40 AM GMT+06:00 (242 weeks ago)

    Condemn to the heinous attack. The guy should get an exemplary punishment so that such incident never repeat in the country.





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