Balasore, Dec 4: A young woman from Bangladesh ventured to her in-laws' residence in Budhakusumi village, situated under the Bhograi block and Kamardha police limits of Balasore district. Her mission is to locate her husband, alleging betrayal by the man from Odisha.
The woman in question is identified as Ruma Mariyam, a 25-year-old native of Amtali in the Vardhana district of Bangladesh. The alleged perpetrator of the betrayal is named Birendra Pratap Bhanja, a resident of Balasore.
Facing unwarranted treatment from her in-laws, Ruma sought justice and approached Balasore SP Sagarika Nath. According to the First Information Report (FIR) filed by Ruma with Kamardha police, she initially connected with the accused man through Facebook. Over time, their acquaintance blossomed into a romantic relationship.
Ruma Mariam, hailing from Amtali, Bangladesh, has traversed to Balasore, claiming that a man from the district is her lawfully wedded husband. She asserts that she entered into matrimony with a man from Budhhakusumi village under Kamardha police jurisdiction. The woman claims that Barendra Bhanja married her six years ago in accordance with Muslim customs.
However, Barendra allegedly returned to Odisha without her, prompting Ruma to embark on a quest to Buddhakusumi to find him. She insists on being recognized as Barendra's legitimate wife. In response, Barendra's family counters that Ruma never reached out to them over the past six years, deeming her sudden appearance in the village as dubious.
The family suggests that Barendra was working in West Bengal’s Digha approximately five years ago, positing that Mariam might have encountered him during that period. Despite the family's skepticism, the Balasore district administration reportedly states that legal assistance will be extended to Ruma if she decides to file a complaint against Barendra.
Barendra, on the other hand, appears to have gone off the grid since the woman's arrival at his village, with his mobile phone reportedly switched off.