Woman seeks case against two sisters for marrying husband

Alleges sisters actually wanted to take over the property of the deceased man


Our Correspondent January 16, 2017
PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: A woman has gone to court seeking a case against two sisters for allegedly marrying her husband against Islamic rules as well as societal norms. The petitioner claims the status of their marriage was illegal as two sisters could not marry one man.

In her application, Noor Ashraf has submitted she married Ashraf Gondal and the couple had one child while her husband died after a few years. The man belonged to a well-off family and had taken another wife named Sajida Bibi.

After Ashraf’s death, however, Noor learned that not only Sajida but her sister Azmat Bibi had also solemnised marriage with her husband.

The petitioner contended that Islamic injunctions did not permit two sisters to marry the same man at the same time but the respondents did this, making it illegal. She alleged the sisters actually wanted to take over the property of the deceased because otherwise they did not have other reason to marry the same person.

Noor has claimed in the petition that the sisters had occupied the property after her husband’s death and when she demanded her share, the women threatened her with death.

The petitioner has also attached the Nikahnama of Ashraf with both the sisters with the court documents, alleging it was ample evidence to establish both the sisters married her husband to usurp his property.

She requested the court to direct the Iqbal Town SHO to register an FIR against the respondent sisters.

An insider told The Express Tribune that police have learnt that the case is about the ownership of property and both parties are filing applications against each other, creating different stories merely to get a favourable verdict from the court.

He said that Azmat was the wife of the deceased Ashraf while Sajida had died. Azmat had also demanded a Nikahnama from Noor when she claimed that she was the actual wife of the deceased.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2017.

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