A young woman in her 20’s couldn’t bear the pressure of being betrayed by her lover, took an extreme and barbaric step that has made her the first woman to be hanged to death in Bangladesh.
Fatema Akter Sonali a 21-year-old woman has been found guilty of murdering her lover and extracting his heart out after slashing his throat.
The woman out of vengeance took this brutal step as her lover refused to marry her and secretly kept recordings of their sexual intercourse in his laptop.
Fatema Akter Sonali has been given the death sentence in a rare judgment for a woman in Bangladesh. It is the first time where a woman has been granted a death sentence. She was found guilty of murdering her lover, 28-year-old Imdadul Haque Shipon and then gouging out his heart to see “how big the organ was”.
The couple’s domestic spat turned out violent and fierce when the woman found video footage of him having sex with other women on his laptop.
She confessed in her statement that she laced his soft drink with 20 sleeping pills that made him unconscious. She then bounded him by his feet before slashing his throat. And then she gruesomely cut open his chest and removed his heart.
“She told the court that she was curious to see how big his heart was. She said a man must have a big heart to carry out such audacious crimes,” said prosecutor Quazi Shabbir Ahmed following the verdict.
Sonali was outraged with Shipon for secretively recording their sex session and declining her marriage proposal.
The crime was committed in March 2014; Sonali can challenge the decision in higher court.
“If her execution goes ahead she will be the first woman to be hanged in Bangladesh, according to Tipu Sultan, a deputy inspector general of prisons”.