Woman whipped 200 times on fatwa

June 29, 2009

Peyara Begum, 45, mother of five children and widow of the late Abdu Miah of Khaiyer at Rasulpur of Debidwar in Comilla, was whipped 200 times by a fatwa (religious decree) committee for an alleged relation with one Mamun Miah, who was whipped 100 times Saturday night.
Village leaders had met twice before Saturday since May 19 when the incident came to light. The leaders who formed a fatwa committee met for the third time at 11:00pm Saturday and decided 200 whippings for the woman and 100 whippings for the man. Mamun was also fined Tk 30,000 by the fatwa committee.
The committee, which had 14 members, was presided over by one Dudu Miah.
Witness said the woman was whipped 100 times with two bamboo sticks together and Mamun 50 times.
The police, who came to know of the incident, raided the area and arrested six people out of the eight the police found was involved in the incident. The two are in hiding.
The arrested are Gongor Dakhil Madrassah superintendent Maulana Monirul Islam, 45, Mamun, 24, Khaleq, 45, Dud Miah, 60, Abdul Wahed, 45 and Abdul Jalil, 30.
Peyara Begum on Sunday filed a case with the Debidwar police under the Repression on Women and Children (Prevention) Act.
Another fatwa committee at Daudkandi in the district on May 22 decreed that a woman, Rahima Akhter, 26, should be whipped 100 times after she had said one Ramzan was father of her child.
She fell unconscious after she had been whipped 39 times and on filing a case against six people, the police arrested thee of them.

Courtesy of NewAgebd

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