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2009: Minurul Islam and two friends, for a dowry death

February 13th, 2012 Headsman

On this date in 2009, a husband was hanged with two friends for murdering a wife who shorted him on his dowry.

The three were hanged at one minute past midnight in western Jessore jail after they failed to secure presidential pardons for the murder of Minu Ara, 18, the official, Kamrul Huda, said.

Minurul Islam and his two friends were sentenced to death in 2002 by the supreme court for killing Ara after her father failed to pay a promised dowry of 100,000 taka. [$1,450 US]

Their execution follows that of two men in southern Bangladesh in December over a similar dowry murder.

So-called “dowry deaths” — including not only outright murder but suicide driven by in-laws’ mistreatment — reportedly produces several thousand deaths per year in South Asia, including Pakistan and India.

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2 thoughts on “2009: Minurul Islam and two friends, for a dowry death”

  1. Fiz says:

    What’s such an ancient concept doing in the 21st century?

  2. Meaghan Good says:

    At least the murderers were actually punished for their crime. I wonder what percentage face criminal charges and how many just openly get away with it.

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