Indigenous Koch woman tortured in Mymensingh

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Hill Voice, 29 July 2020, Mymensingh:  Puspa Rani Koch (25), wife of Montu Chandra Koch of Tamat village under Bhaluka police station of Mymensingh district has been reportedly beaten and tortured by Md. Kamrul Islam (27) and father Mohammad Kalam Islam of the same village.

The victim, Pushpa Rani, told coach Hill Voice that the miscreants used to come to their house and threaten them.

Like every other day, today 29 July 2020, Wednesday, in the morning, when her husband went to another village to work as a day laborer, the accused Md. Kamrul Islam came to the house of Pusp Rani Koch at 3:00 pm and ordered her to register all their property in his name. He also threatened to kill her, if she failed to do so.

At one stage, Kamrul Islam got angry and started beating Pusp Rani with a stick and started cursing her in inaudible language. Md. Kamrul Islam fled when the villagers came forward at one stage after hearing the screams of torture. Later, the locals rescued the injured Pusp Rani and took her to Bhaluka Government Health Complex.

It is learnt that preparations are underway to file a case while the report is written. According to local sources, the accused Md. Kamrul Islam is on the run.

Pavel Koch, President of the Koch Indigenous Students’ Organization, told the Hill Voice that accused Kamrul Islam should be arrested and punished immediately and that all incidents of indigenous women across the country should be properly investigated and prosecuted. He also drew the attention of the local administration to arrest the accused.

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