Journalist's decomposed body found at home in Dhaka, husband absconding

A case has been filed against her husband for abetting suicide

Published : 28 Dec 2022, 08:17 PM
Updated : 28 Dec 2022, 08:17 PM

Police have recovered the decomposed body of a journalist, who is believed to have died a few days ago, from her home in Dhaka's Moghbazar.

Shobnom Sharmin Mukti, 30, was a news presenter at online news portal The Report.

Her husband Saidul Islam, 45, a former reporter for private TV channel Asian TV, has been absconding since the incident, police said.

Her sister Shobnom Parvin filed a case against Saidul accusing him of instigating Mukti to die by suicide, said Abdur Rashid, chief of Hatirjheel Police Station.

Police are yet to arrest Saidul.

The body appeared to have been hanging for several days, said SM Arif Raiyan, an assistant commissioner of the Tejgaon Industrial Area Zone of police, who was present when the body was recovered on Tuesday night.

The couple rented a flat on the fourth floor of a building a few months ago, Rashid said, citing neighbours.

It is not clear when her husband last came home, he added.

Parvin said in the case that their family did not have much contact with Sharmin. Parvin did not know where Sharmin lived, but they spoke on the phone for the last time on Dec 18. Four or five days later, Parvin called Sharmin but did not get a response from her sister.

Later, Parvin contacted Sharmin’s office and came to know that she had taken two weeks' sick leave. Parvin took the address after contacting Saidul and went to the house on Tuesday but found it closed from the inside. Then the police came and recovered the body.

Parvin alleged the family came to know through one of Sharmin's female friends that Saidul was pushing for divorce for a few days. That is why he forced her to commit suicide by torture, Parvin said.

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