Woman Viciously Beaten, Blinded – For Attending School

A Bangladeshi woman has been left blinded and her face mutilated after a vicious attack by her husband — prompted, allegations say, by her commitment to her studies.

Rumana Manzur has been attending the University of British Columbia since September, pursuing her Master’s degree in political science. She also works as an assistant professor at Dhaka University’s International Relations department. When she departed for British Columbia last fall, her husband Hasan Sayeed Sumon and 5-year-old daughter remained in Bangladesh. Manzur recently returned to visit her family after being separated for over 9 months. Within days of her return, however, her husband turned on her, beating her violently – in front of their daughter — because he felt she was too committed to her studies. Manzur’s injuries were significant. Her eyes were severely damaged, leaving her blinded — likely permanently — and part of her nose was bitten off.

Manzur remains in the hospital awaiting plastic surgery to restore her nose. Doctors in Bangladesh and India have both stated there is nothing they can do to restore her eyesight; her family has sent her medical files to North American hospitals in the hopes that something could be done here.

Manzur’s husband was arrested 10 days after the attack and has reportedly confessed to the crime. The coverage in Bangladesh has been mixed, with¬†much of the news media reporting on the reasons her husband allegedly attacked her — from accusing her of having an affair with another graduate student to having taken issue with the fact that she was pursuing studies at all.¬† However, many groups have loudly defended her, and demanded harsh punishment for her husband and for offenses of violence against women in general.

A rally is planned for 3 pm Sunday afternoon in Vancouver to support and raise funds to help Manzur and her daughter.

Manzur, meanwhile, can only hear and touch the daughter she had waited long months to see.


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Photo credit: Sherratsam on Flickr.


Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

Horrible. I hate how people can get away with this these days.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

When a western woman reads a story like this (and it's not uncommon), it is with a shock and a sense of thankfulness that she does not live in such a place. Mens' rights the world over, exceed all that is humane. Their sense of entitlement to do what they want, that women "belong" to them, is frightening in its scope.

Alan B.
Alan B6 years ago

You hear about these evil acts because the Murdoch empire would much rather you read about these things in other countries,& therefore heed their call to criticize these places. Murdoch & Sons, do NOT want you thinking too much & waking up to how much influence they have in everyday news publishing (or NOT publishing).If their empire is so large that the Murdoch,s can dodge the "buck stops here"bullet,then the "Empire" is obviously too big & MUST be reduced! NOT expanded.

Janine H.
Janine H6 years ago

This is so terrible. Always when i hear about terrible things it makes med sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

Glen P.
Glen P6 years ago

Ah religion.

Don't let ANYONE fool you that this wouldn't be EXACTLY what fundamentalist Christians would do if they were given the power and influence they desire.

Be sure to grab that book of filth and villainy and head on over to www.EvilBible.com

Maarja L.
Maarja L6 years ago

This really is awful.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

This is disgusting,he should be punished.

Yvette T.
Past Member 6 years ago

Social pressures the world over must be flowing in the same direction: PROTECTION of WOMEN AND CHILDREN, reverence for them, and a view that harming physically, socially, psychologically, emotionally any being is FORBIDDEN and UNACCEPTABLE. How is it that millions are subjected to brutality each year and the trend is not slowing down or reversing?
We msut learn of the sacred current that maintains all of us equally, and that all life forms sentient are to be immune from harm and trauma, control stemming from any human being?

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams6 years ago


Gloria W.
Gloria W.6 years ago