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Arrest warrant issued against 9 village leaders for ostracizing a couple

A court here on Sunday issued an arrest warrant against nine village leaders who ostracized a couple in Salimnagar village in Debiganj upazila of Panchagarh.

Judge of Debiganj trial court MM Mahbub Islam issued the warrant on the basis of the investigation report submitted by Officer-in-Charge of Debiganj police station Md Jamal Hossain.

The nine accused village leaders are Md Shahjahan Ali, Mufti Md Anwar Hossain, Md Nasir Uddin, Md Amir Chan, Md Shahid, Md Sorman Ali, Md Julhas, Md Mostafa Kamal and Md Russel.

The couple was ostracized for two months by a ruling (fatwa) given by those leaders on the point of their Halala marriage of Islamic law. Halala, also known as tahleel marriage is a practice in which a woman, after being divorced by triple talaq, has to marry another man, consummate the marriage, and get divorced again to be able to remarry her former husband.

Panchagarh Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Motiur Rahman took the matter in cognizance after it got published in news and ordered OC Jamal Hossain to submit an investigation report within August 22 in this regard.

OC Jamal Hossain said upon investigation primary evidence of those leaders ostracizing that couple came out.

The arrest warrant was not yet sent to Debiganj police. Legal actions will be taken as soon as we get it, he said.

Public prosecutor Aminur Rahman said the court has taken legal actions as the higher court has clear ruling against enforcing Fatwa in Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh