Guwahati: A 38-year-old woman, who was stripped, tortured and her head shaven by a mob of over 40 people, mostly women, in the Boterhat area of Dhubri district in Assam on October 2, is now allegedly facing death threats from the ‘Dewanis’ of her village.
The ‘Dewanis’ are those sections of society in the char areas of Assam that have paramount influence over matters related to court and the police. Most of them own huge plots of lands in those areas.
The heinous crime came to the fore when a video went viral last week where the woman was seen tortured, stripped, kicked, and had her hair shaven by a mob comprising of over 40 people.
The victim has been facing death threats from the Dewanis after Moinal Haque, her husband filed a police case on October 3 against the brutal attack on his wife. The police have so far arrested only three women in connection with the incident. They have been identified as Hasiran Bewa (60), Torishan Bibi (30) and Khotaja Bibi (43).
Following the police case, Asjalur Ali, son of Ashaf Ali, the Dewani of the village, has allegedly threatened of a “blood bath” if the victim did not withdraw the police case
Talking to EastMojo, the victim said, “Since August, I had been facing such threats following the first case I filed against the child marriage of my son. Now they did this to me. I am bed ridden after the torture I had gone through on October 2. I need security now. He (the Dewani’s son) came to my house and threatened to kill me in front of my family members. I am scared. These Dewanis are powerful.”
On August 26, the victim had filed a case in Dhubri police station against the family members of her ex-husband who were involved in the marriage of her 17-year-old son to a 13-year-girl. The relatives of the accused, Hasinur Ali, Sahajur Ali, Muslem Ali and Amir Bosko, attacked the victim after they failed to get an interim bail from the district court of Dhubri.
All the four accused are currently on the run.
Kenu Madak, investigation officer in the child marriage case, said, “The accused in both the cases are absconding in various parts of Bengal. We are in touch with the Tufanganj police station to nab these people.”