Reports Indian medical board after checking Rumana; torturer husband remanded
The retina of one eye of Rumana Manzur, who was brutally assaulted by her husband, is not responding to her brain, and she has gone permanently blind in the other eye, said her family sources quoting a medical report.
A medical board formed for Rumana in Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai of India, where she is undergoing treatment, met Wednesday night and later disclosed the information, the family sources said yesterday.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday placed the assaulter husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon, on a two-day remand in an attempt to murder case filed against him.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the order after the Detective Branch (DB) of Police produced him before the court with a 10-day remand prayer.
The court rejected the bail petition submitted by the defence counsel.
Investigation Officer (IO) of the case Sub-inspector of DB Bahauddin Faruki in his remand prayer said Sumon needs to be remanded because his interrogation is required to find out the reasons behind Rumana’s torture.
In the bail petition along with a prayer for cancelling the remand, defence lawyer Advocate Manoarul Islam said Sumon did not attack Rumana premeditatedly.
Sumon got upset when he found some SMS from an Iranian national in her cellphone, when he confronted Rumana, they got into a scuffle, during which Rumana got injured, the defence lawyer claimed.
The court should allow Sumon’s bail prayer and cancel the IO’s remand prayer, argued Manoarul.
Rumana, an assistant professor of international relations at Dhaka University (DU) was brutally attacked by her husband Sumon on June 5. The husband allegedly pushed his fingers into Rumana’s eyes, and then dragged her by the hair and threw her on the floor in Rumana’s parents’ house in the capital.
She went to India on Tuesday for better treatment, after being hospitalised in Dhaka for more than a week.
Meanwhile, three police officers concerned appeared before the High Court (HC) yesterday in connection with the case as per the court’s order.
The police officers are Assistant Commissioner (Dhamnodi Zone) Sharifur Rahman, Officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station Md Moniruzzaman, and investigation officer of the case Sub-inspector Mokbul Hossain.
As Sumon was not being arrested even after 10 days of the assault, the High Court on Wednesday summoned the police officers to appear before it yesterday for explaining why they had not been able to arrest the accused.
Just two hours into the issuance of the HC order, police arrested Sumon.
Yesterday the officers informed the court that they had already arrested the accused.
The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore directed the police officers to submit a progress report of the investigation in a month.
Meanwhile, a group of Dhaka University students in a media briefing yesterday demanded exemplary punishment for Sumon under the Speedy Trial Act.
The students under the banner of — Students and Teachers Against Repression — also demanded strong security for Rumana as well as for her family members, and urged the university administration to bear her treatment cost.
Deputy Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB South) Monirul Islam told reporters yesterday that Sumon, during primary interrogation, admitted to assaulting Rumana.
But the accused did not disclose the reason behind the attack, said Monirul.
He also claimed they have information that Sumon had tried to kill Rumana earlier.
In an email sent to a professor of the international relations department of DU, President of the University of British Columbia Stephen J Toope expressed his sympathy and support for Rumana, a master’s student at the Canadian university.
-With The Daily Star input