The six-year-old parentless girl cannot speak. But the wounds all over her malnourished body speak volumes about the brutal mutilation she had endured for over six months.
Patenga police rescued the child, named Mahi, on Wednesday night from a house at Muslimpara in Kaathgorh area of Chittagong city.
They also arrested Jesmin Aktar, 40, and her husband Golam Sharif, 50, with whom Mahi's mother had left her before leaving for Oman with a job as a domestic help.
“The victim's mother, Parvin, went to Oman in June of 2017 for work, leaving the child with the couple with the promise to pay Tk 4,000 a month for her [Mahi's] food and accommodation expenses,” Sub-Inspector Prakash Pranay Dey of Patenga Police Station told The Daily Star.
“The promised money came in during the first two months, but it stopped later for unknown reasons,” he added.
Not receiving any money, Jesmin started venting her anger on the speech impaired child by torturing and mutilating her.
Police rescued Mahi around 8:00pm after receiving a tip off, SI Prakash said.
“Her body -- the face, forehead, head, back and right leg -- is full of scars, bruises and burn wounds,” he said.
Police are yet to trace Mahi's mother as she stopped communicating with Jesmin or Sharif. They also do not have any information about the whereabouts of her father, Mohammad Babul.
For now, Mahi will stay at Chhotomoni Nibash, run by Social Welfare Department, in city's Bayezid area, SI Prakash said, adding that “The Chhotomoni Nibash authorities will take necessary measures for the girl's treatment.”
SI Anwar Hossain of Patenga Police Station has filed a case against the arrestees for torturing a minor child.