A housewife has filed a case against her husband and in-laws on charges of demanding dowry money even after they received Tk 7 lakh from her family by signing a stamped paper.
Jannatul Ferdous, who married Md Al Amin on February 13 last year, filed the case with the Pabna Judicial Magistrate's Court-3 on Thursday. The court accepted it and asked the accused to appear on April 24.
“My family in 2014 agreed to pay him Tk 7 lakh under an agreement that he will marry me after his recruitment as constable. Accordingly, he was given Tk 7 lakh,” Jannatul told The Daily Star.
In the case statement, she said, “We got married after his recruitment as constable, but my husband demanded Tk 5 lakh more. As I turned down his demand, the accused started torturing me mentally and physically."
Contacted, Al Amin, now posted with the Chittagong Police Range, admitted taking the money, saying he needed it badly and will return the amount to the family.
Asked if he used money as bribe for getting the job, Al Amin replied in the negative.
He also said he divorced his wife last month for her “misbehavior”.
"As I was not happy with her, I divorced her on February 26 [this year],” he said, denied demanding another Tk 5 lakh.
Along with the complaint, Jannatul submitted the stamped paper that Al Amin signed while receiving the money, said her lawyer Abdur Rouf.
According to the document, he received Tk 5 lakh on February 2, 2014 and the rest on March 18 that year. A photocopy of the paper has been obtained by this correspondent.
The case statement also mentioned that the accused drove her away on December 14, 2017 from her in-laws' house.
Since then she has been staying with her parents in Paikarihat village in Santhia. She has not received any divorce notice, she said.
Nasrin Nahar, mother of the complainant, said they knew dowry was illegal but they gave him the money for the sake of their daughter's happiness.
“Although illegal, I have done it for my daughter's happiness. But after getting the job, Al Amin changed. He was trying to get rid of my daughter and began to torture her,” she said.