Burma Times Correspondent: May 26, 2015
A pregnant woman whose husband was kidnapped by human traffickers died on Saturday.
At around 3 am in the night, the situation of Rahima Khatun (34) deteriorated. Neighbours were preparing to take her to the hospital at dawn when she passed away at around 5am.
In December, Khatun’s husband Abdul Jalil went out one day from his home in Lomburi in Bangladesh. He did not return from the sea. About a fortnight later, Jalil called his wife by telephone and said he was kidnapped by traffickers and currently in Thailand. At one point of the conversation, traffickers started torturing Jalil and made Khatun listen to his cries over telephone.
The traffickers then told Khatun to pay 180,000 Bangladesh Taka for the release of her husband. When Khatun said she did not have any money, they tortured Jalil once again.
Two days later a broken Jalil called her again and pleaded his wife to arrange the money at any cost. Khatun tried hard to borrow some money but to no avail.
After around three weeks, the phone calls stopped and nothing was heard from Jalil.
Since the kidnapping Khatun has been broken and miserable. Soon she became very sick.
She passed away after eight months pregnancy. She leaves behind three small children.