A middle-aged Brazilian woman, mother of three children, flew to Bangladesh after falling in love with a college student of Habiganj district.
47-year-old Selma Bezerra joined in wedlock with 26-year-old Abdur Rakib, eldest son of Askan Uddin of Halitola village in Habiganj’s Nabiganj upazila.
The couple first met on Facebook nine months ago. They fell in love while chatting with each other, Rakib told the Dhaka Tribune.
Rakib shared their love story with journalists: “Selma got visa from Bangladesh mission in Brazil in December 2016. She arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on December 31.
“I went to receive her from the airport. Then we came to Nabiganj.”
They got married with the consent of Rakib’s family on January 3 in Habiganj Rotary Public office.
“Finally we have started our conjugal life. Selma is learning Bangla. All of my family members are happy with our marriage,” said the groom.
“Selma is a teacher in Brazil. Now she is studying law there,” rakib added.
Selma told journalists that she had another marriage in Brazil that ended in divorce.
The Brazilian bride has three children – daughters Debura, Bruna and son Eduwardu.
While asked about the age difference between them, Rakib said: “Age does not matter in true love.”
Selma said she would leave Bangladesh at the end of January. She would take her husband to Brazil after preparing the necessary legal documents.
Nabiganj Municipality mayor Sabir Ahmed Chowdhury said: “It is really a rare event that a foreigner comes to a little village in Bangladesh from Brazil in search of love. Many of the local people applauded them.”