KARACHI: A teenager and her family have been charged with mutilating the private parts of a man after he decided to marry someone else.
On Wednesday, a Malir court granted the young woman, her two brothers and father interim bail and called them for confirmation on May 5.
According to 19-year-old Farea’s lawyer, Irshad Ali Sher, she and 24-year-old Muhammad Sajjad were dating and were allowed to visit each other regularly but this stopped when Sajjad was about to get married to another woman.
In Farea’s version of the story, Sajjad came on to her. “After his nikkah, Sajjad went to Farea’s house and tried to persuade her to sleep with him but she refused,” alleged her lawyer. “Farea, who has polio and used to be a nurse, felt that she was being used. However, Sajjad kept insisting and did not back off. She felt threatened and used the knife in self defence.”
According to the lawyer, when Farea’s father, a shopkeeper, came home, he saw Sajjad bleeding on the floor and called an ambulance to take him to Jinnah hospital.
Sajjad’s lawyer Riaz Ahmed Bhatti has called this version of events ridiculous. He told The Express Tribune that Sajjad broke up with Farea because he suspected that she was cheating on him. In February, Farea texted Sajjad and had asked him to come over and return the gifts they had exchanged.
“The girl’s brothers and father held his arms and legs while she cut off his genitals,” alleged Sajjad’s lawyer Bhatti. “They thought he might die which is why they took him to Jinnah hospital.” Farea’s family registered FIR No. 62/12 under section C76 for attempted rape but they could not prove anything medically, added his lawyer.
A second FIR was registered against Farea’s family at Sharafi Goth police station where they were charged under section 334/34 for cutting off a body part. The bail was set at Rs50,000 each.
According to Sajjad’s lawyer, it was not possible for one person to commit such a crime alone and it was probably planned. “Sajjad is alive, but not really,” he said. “This is bigger than murder.”
Sajjad’s cousin Nawaz told The Express Tribune that surgery had been performed and the doctors were hopeful that everything would return to normal. But in order to reverse the damage, Sajjad would have to go under the knife again for an implant but it was an expensive procedure and they could not afford it.
NOTE: Names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.