Ayesha Siddika Minni, wife of Rifat Sharif who was killed in Barguna recently, is now staying at home with her family. Even though she has been freed on bail, Minni's family says that she is dejected and is suffering from various ailments.
A High Court bench on August 29 granted bail to Minni on condition that she remains in her father's custody and does not talk to the media about the case.
Minni's relatives told this reporter that she has always been cheerful, lively and affable. But she is now suffering from depression and loneliness despite being with her relatives. They say she is depressed over her physical problems and over memories of her late husband. Her family is concerned for her.
Minni's father M Mozammel Hossain Kishor says there are black spots on Minni's knees, and she has a hard time walking because of pain in the knees. She is silent most of the time, but sometimes cries.
Her father says that "Minni has too many memories with Rifat in the room where she is staying now. Those memories sadden her. Sometimes she wakes up crying."
He also said Minni was receiving treatment at home, but she needs better treatment. She has to appear at court for the next hearing on the case. After consulting with her lawyer, her family has decided to arrange further treatment for Minni after the hearing.
Her uncle M Abu Saleh says that Minni stares blankly in different directions most of the time, and also suffers from chest and stomach pain.
He also says that they will arrange better treatment for Minni while abiding by the conditions on which she was granted bail. However, he entreated people not to do anything to disrupt her daily life or treatment.
The Superintendent of Barguna General Hospital, Dr Md Sohrab Uddin, said, "It is normal for Minni to suffer a break down. Even we were shocked when we saw in the media what she had to go through. Those memories make her indifferent, depressed, and nostalgic."
Dr Sohrab said that "Minni should be provided with counselling and treatment under a specialist psychiatrist so that she can return to normal life as soon as possible. She should also be treated for any other physical ailment that she is facing."