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Daughter dies after father bangs her head on wall

Published : Wednesday, 17 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 199

A 5-year-old girl has died in Dhakas Hazaribagh after her father slapped her face, causing her head to hit a wall. Police have since taken the father into custody.

The incident occurred on Monday night, said Nur Mohammad, chief of Hazaribagh Police Station.

"The injured child was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital," he said. "She died early on Tuesday morning."

The victim was identified by a single name as Jannatul. Neighbours handed her father, three-wheeler driver Md Rasel, over to police.

Jannatul would often keep food in her mouth without eating it and this angered Rasel, said her uncle Md Rahat.

Jannatul was the only child of Rasel and his wife Nasima - also identified by a single name. The family hailed from Bholas South Aicha Upazila. About one and a half months ago, Rasel had brought Nasima and Jannatul to Dhaka after renting a tin shed house in Hazaribagh.

"The girl did not eat properly," Rahat said. "She would just sit with food in her mouth. On Monday night, during dinner, her father got angry with her and slapped her. Her head struck the wall next to her and she fell unconscious."

Shilpi, a neighbour identified by a single name, was among the group that brought the girl to the hospital.

"On Monday night, the girls father called me, saying, Auntie, I hit your grandchild (Jannatul) and her mother Nasima has cut her hand."

Shilpi said she went to Rasels house and saw that Nasima had a cut on her left hand and the girl was lying unconscious. She immediately rushed the child to a local hospital and from there to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.    —

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