Doctors in India to give report today; assaulter Sumon confesses ‘bid to kill her’
Rumana Manzur, the Dhaka University teacher who was brutally assaulted by her husband, is coming back home as doctors in India could not give much hope about her eyes, said family sources.
The doctors are expected to give the official report today and until then the family cannot confirm whether Rumana has permanently lost her vision.
“We are preparing to take her home as the doctors have already said that we can try further if we want. We will decide about that at home,” said Rumana’s cousin preferring not to be named.
He said The University of British Columbia, where Rumana was studying on commonwealth scholarship, has expressed will to contribute to her better treatment, said Rumana’s cousin, adding that they took Rumana to Arvind Eye Centre in Pondicherry for a second opinion of Indian doctors on her eyes.
Rumana was taken to Sankara Netralaya in Chennai for better treatment on June 14.
Meanwhile, Rumana’s assaulter husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon yesterday confessed to trying to strangle her in a planned way.
“Sumon admitted that he planned to kill his wife, but he did not say clearly how, when and why he wanted to do that,” said Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Detective Branch (DB South) Monirul Islam, who was grilling Sumon on remand.
A Dhaka court on Thursday placed Sumon on a two-day remand in an attempt-to-murder case.
Quoting Sumon, the DC said Rumana was working with a computer in her father’s room on June 5. Her daughter Anusha was there with her. All on a sudden Sumon entered the room and locked the door from inside. He then swooped on Rumana and pushed his fingers in her eyes and dragged her by hair on the floor.
Seeing this, the daughter screamed out for help. Their domestic helps Shamsunnahar and Latifa came rushing and found the room locked from inside. They banged on the door several times and unable to break through they went for duplicate keys.
Seeing Sumon trying to strangle his wife, the domestic helps forced him away from Rumana, the DC said, adding, “Had the help come late, Rumana would have been dead.”
Sumon escaped right after the incident.
The DB official said they would talk to the victim, her daughter and the domestic helps to get a clear picture of the incident.
-With The Daily Star input