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Outrage at tribal woman's murder
Protesters demand killers of widowed mother be brought to justice
- ucanews.com reporter, Rajshahi
- July 12, 2011
The protest was organized by the National Adivasi Parishad (NAP), a tribal rights forum working in northwestern Bangladesh.
Mariam Murmu, 42, a Protestant Christian, was raped and killed on Sunday night at her fatherâ€™s home in the village of Shimla Dighipara in Godagari sub-district.
Her body was found hanging from a tree yesterday morning.
â€śWe condemn this barbaric killing,â€ť said NAP president Anil Marandi.
â€śThe killers tried to cover their tracks trying to make it look like suicide. But the autopsy report states that Mariam was gang-raped then suffocated and later hanged.â€ť
A local Catholic priest, who didnâ€™t want to be named, also condemned the killing.
â€śIt was a heinous murder and the people involved should be brought to trial and punished,â€ť he said
According to media reports, the killing could be connected to a land dispute involving the woman and her late husbandâ€™s relatives, media reported.
Biswanath Marandi, brother of Murmuâ€™s late husband Hopna Marandi who died 25 years ago, was arrested after William Marandi, the victimâ€™s only son, accused him of involvement in the murder.
Police have yet to identify other suspects.