Abdul Aziz, Cox’s Bazar::
Bodi and his father married her off to another person forcibly to save their prestige and hide the incident, Sufia alleges
A woman, who has claimed to get married to former Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi nearly three decades ago, has alleged that the public representative wanted to kill their unborn child.
Sufia Khatun, mother of Mohammad Ishak, 27, said Bodi and his father married her off to another person forcibly to save their prestige and hide the incident and thus the child (Ishak) was saved.
The woman, around 55, talked to this correspondent and shared her untold issues on Thursday, just four days later her son Ishak made a plea to a court in Teknaf demanding recognition as the son of Bodi.
A resident of Kaiukkhali Para village of Teknaf municipality in Cox’s Bazar, Sufia alleged that Abdur Rahman Bodi, former MP from Cox’s Bazar 4 (Ukhiya-Teknaf) constituency, married her following Islamic law and she conceived later on.
“Bodi wanted to kill the six-month foetus. However, I was forced to concede some conditions put by Bodi and his father to save the unborn child.
“They married me off to one Nurul Islam, a mason by profession, and forced us to leave Teknaf,” Sufia said.
“Nurul, however, accepted all these things and raised him [Ishak] like his own child.”
She said: “Now my son is an honours student of Cox’s Bazar Government College. He needs the recognition of his father. I do not have any greed to Bodi’s wealth, just I want the recognition of my child’s paternity.”
Dhaka Tribune tried to reach the former lawmaker over mobile phone several times for his comments over the issue, but could not.
Ishak demands DNA tests, if needed
The former MP, who has earned a bad name for his alleged involvement in various criminal activities, has come to the discussion again after Ishak went to the court on December 13 for recognition that he is a son to Bodi.
In Ishak’s plea to an assistant judge court in Teknaf, he demanded DNA tests, if needed, to prove his claim.
On April 5 in 1992, Bodi married Sufia Khatun at a hotel owned by his family called Hotel Niribili. Moulvi Abdus Salam, a staff of the hotel, officiated at the marriage and its gatekeeper Ekhlas Miya was the witness, according to the plea.
When Ishak was a child, he visited Bodi numerous times with his mother and Bodi showed affection to him in different ways similar to a father, the plea added.
Ishak’s mother, in order to safeguard Bodi’s political career and his social status, had not made the claim earlier but as Ishak is grown up now, he feels the need of a father by his side, the plea said.
Ishak and his mother initially contacted Bodi’s younger sister Shamsun Nahar and tried to mediate the matter.
However, Bodi kept delaying the mediation regarding the matter and now has stopped all communication with Ishak and his mother, the plea further said.
Ishak’s lawyer Advocate Md Osman said his client appealed to the court based on the claim of his mother, while Moulvi Abdus Salam and Ekhlas Miya passed away.
The court after taking the plea into cognizance summoned Bodi for a hearing on January 14 in 2021, added the lawyer.
Ishak said: “I have been deprived of paternity recognition since birth. I shed tears knowing the identity of my father and endured everything in silence. Now, I have brought the matter to the surface finding no other ways.”