MANSEHRA: A woman has sought help of the District Public Safety and Police Complaint Commission to gain custody of her infant son from her abusive husband.
In her application to the commission on Sunday, Shabana Ayub, 26, claimed that her husband, Muhammad Mushtaq of Mohalla Channai, of attempting to strangulate her while under intoxication.
Ayub said her husband is a drug abuser who has repeatedly been subjecting her to domestic violence.
She said that three days back her husband came home drunk in the evening, beat her up severely and choked her unconscious. When she regained consciousness, she asked neighbours to call her father, who took her to a local hospital for treatment.
Ayub maintained that when she tried to file an FIR with the Mirpur Police Station against her husband, the police officials refused to comply. She alleged that the police refused because Mushtaq’s elder brothers was a serving police official at the same station.
However, she along with her father then filed a complaint with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police to take action against the accused. She also urged the DIG to grant her custody of her one-and-a-half year old son.
When asked, Ayub, who is six months pregnant, said she wants divorce (khula) from her abusive husband. “I am certain now that [my husband’s] attitude will never change and he will continue to be a threat to my life and my son’s,” she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2012.