Masudur Rahman Rubel, an apprentice assistant commissioner and executive magistrate of Chattrogram district, was sued under the Dowry Prohibition Act today.
Farjana Khanam Rini, wife of Rubel, filed the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim, bringing allegations of mental torture and demanding dowry.
After a hearing, the judge took cognizance of the case and recorded the statements of the complainant. The court also issued the summons asking the accused to appear before the court on January 29 next year.
In the complaint, Rini stated that her husband Rubel mentally tortured her and put pressure on her to bring Tk 50 lakh, one flat, one private car and 30 bhori gold ornaments from her family as dowry.
When the victim refused to give the dowry, Rubel threatened to break the marriage, it said.
The duo got married secretly on September 20 last year despite concerns from Rini’s family, according to the complaint. Rubel asked Rini to keep the marriage secret for the time being and promised he will give her the social status as his wife afterwards.
But Rubel did not keep his word, Rini stated.
Contacted, Masudur Rahman Rubel told The Daily Star, “Rini’s allegations are not true, it’s a fabricated case.”
“I served a divorce notice to her as our relationship did not run well,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram District, Mohammad Elius Hossain told The Daily Star that he tried to solve the problem between the two after Rini informed him about it.
“If Rubel tortured anyone mentally or did any wrong, he will face the consequences,” the DC said adding that “He will not get any shelter from my part.”
“I will inform the matter to the public administration ministry after getting information regarding the case,” Elius added.