Parvin dies trying to save paralysed husband at Christchurch
Published : Friday, 15 March, 2019 at 10:10 PM Count : 184
A Bangladeshis woman was killed when she tried to save her wheelchair-bound paralysed husband during the shootings at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.
The 42-year old victim, Husne Ara Parvin, was the daughter of Nuruddin from Jangalhata village in Sylhet’s Golapganj upazila while her husband Farid Uddin is from Chawkgram village at Biswanath upazila of the same district.
Her nephew Mahfuz Chowdhury, who resides in Sylhet, said he heard about her death in the shooting from their relatives in New Zealand, reports bdnews24.com.
The Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch has two sections – one for men and the other for women.
Parvin and Farid went to the mosque in the afternoon to offer Friday’s Juma prayers.
“Khala (aunt) went to the women’s section of the mosque after leaving her paralysed husband at the men’s section on a wheelchair. She came out when she heard gunshots. She died on the spot as she approached the men’s section to save her husband,” Mahfuz said.
Farid survived the attack as others in the mosque took him out to safety when the shooting began, he said. The couple have a daughter, bdnews24 added.
New Zealand police were yet to hand over the body but informed the family about Parvin’s death, Mahfuz said.
At least three Bangladeshis are among the 49 people killed in the shootings in two mosques at Christchurch.
Players and support staff of Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped death in the attack as it unfolded just when they arrived in the mosque to join the prayers. The last Test match between the two teams has been called off.