A man – who beat up his wife and shaved her hair for “being disrespectful” to his parents – was on Friday given into police’s custody on a three-day physical remand by a judicial magistrate.
The girl’s father Muhammad Shafiq, in his complaint moved before the police, has said that he had married his daughter Saadia to Shehzad three months ago. However, he said Shehzad had started quarrelling with Saadia over petty issues days after their wedding.
Shafiq said that on Thursday Shehzad, along with his father Manzoor Ahmad and mother Sabiran Bibi had kicked, punched and slapped Shazia.
“My daughter kept crying and begged for mercy, but they did not stop and hit her with the butt of a pistol. They threatened to kill her”, Shafiq added. He said the suspects had then shaved her head and thrown her out on the street. “She came to my house and I took her to hospital”, said Shafiq.
Jhang Bazaar police arrested Shehzad late on Thursday.
Saadia, talking to reporters at the hospital, said her husband used to beat her up after flaring up over small matters.
“My mother-in-law used to fabricate stories about me and complain to my husband, who used to beat me up without hearing my side of the story,” she said. She alleged that her husband only used to get more angry if she tried to defend herself.
Jhang Bazaar SHO Farrukh Waheed told The Express Tribune that Shehzad had admitted to shaving his wife’s head. Shehzad told the police that he had beaten her up because “she did not show enough respect to my parents”. He told the police that on Thursday Saadia had “misbehaved” with his parents.
He said she started abusing him when he told her to be respectful towards his parents. “She tried to attack me with a club,” alleged Shehzad.
According to the SHO, Shehzad told him: “I was frustrated and angry and so I removed her hair. I have no regrets. I cannot tolerate disrespect towards my parents, no matter who does it”.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2012.
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