Tripura teenager in Bangladesh jail
She left home and country for love but landed in jail instead.
Fifteen-year-old Sumitra of Abhoynagar village under Hrishyamukh area of South Tripura crossed the border to marry the boy she fell in love with and is now in Chittagong Central Jail of Bangladesh for the past six months.
Sumitra's name has been changed to Fatema Begam after converting to Islam and marrying 22-year-old Nizamuddin of South Angshapur village under Chhagalnaiya police station in Feni district of Bangladesh in February last year, reports said.
Soon after, Bangladesh police arrested her from Nizam's house for entering into Bangladesh Territory without valid passport and subsequently Sumitra landed in jail.
Sumitra's village is right at Indo-Bangladesh border and her family has a small plot of farmland near the fencing. She met Nizam here and both worked out their escape plan.
After she was reported missing by her family, the Belonia police station took up the matter with Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) and was traced in Nizam's house on November 16 last year.
While pleading his innocence, Nizam said, 'She is now in the jail for illegal entry into Bangladesh and she is mentally weak due to disassociation with the husband and parents.'
A team of Bangladeshi NGOs have met her in Chittagong jail and Sumitra's family has also initiated fresh move to get her back in Tripura.
(Posted on 19-05-2014)