Pregnant pauses: Woman tricked into abortion by in-laws

Published: June 1, 2011
Firdous said that her husband’s mother wanted him to remarry.

Firdous said that her husband’s mother wanted him to remarry.


Four people have been booked on charges of forcing a woman to have an abortion against her wishes and those of her family. Police officials filed a case against the girl’s husband, her mother-in-law and the doctor involved in conducting the procedure.

According to police officials, Firdous Mahmood was two months pregnant and had married against her families wishes three months ago. Police claimed that the accused forced Firdous into getting an abortion to make it possible for her husband, Asif Mahmood, to contract a second marriage.

“The couple had eloped against the wishes of both families but after a few months Asif wanted to leave her and contract a second marriage,” said the Asif’s neighbour Saba Altaf. “I tried to tell Firdous what was happening because he had told my husband of his intentions but she wasn’t willing to hear anything against him,” she added.

Firdous discovered that she was pregnant last week and told her husband. “I thought that he would be happy but both he and my mother-in-law kept silent about the issue,” she later told police. Last week, Asif Mahmood and his mother Sardaran Bibi took Firdous to the clinic of Muhammad Aslam, who is a local hakeem. “They initially told me that we were going to the market. My mother-in-law said she wanted to buy me a new suit to celebrate the pregnancy but I was brought to a quack’s clinic in Ada Mureed Wala,” she said. “They told me that it was just a check up and they wanted to make sure my baby and I were healthy,” Fidous said.

Firdous told police officials, that after check up clinic in-charge Muhammad Aslam asked a nurse, Nazia Bibi, to set up a drip for her. “They told me that my water level needed to be increased and that I was weak, so I let them,” she said. “I was unconscious after that and they performed the procedure without telling me. When I came to I knew that something was wrong because I was bleeding,” she told police.

Firdous said that her husband Asif, his mother and the doctor Aslam had forced her into an abortion against her wishes and that she wanted to press charges against the accused. She told the police that her in-laws were unhappy over her marriage with Asif and had often asked him to divorce her. “I never believed he would side with them because he loved me but after this I know that he was involved,” she added.

“My mother-in-law has always wanted Asif to marry her niece. She is trying to get us divorced and that is why she orchestrated all this,” she said.

“He wouldn’t have been allowed to divorce me while I was pregnant so this was part of their plan to get rid of me,” Firdous told police officials.

Mureedwala Station House Officer (SHO) Muhammad Iqbal has registered a case against three accused for forcibly terminating Firdous’s pregnancy after a week. Firdous said that initially the police refused to register a case against the accused as they were influential in the local area. “I kept trying to file a case but they didn’t agree. Ultimately, I moved a petition before the additional sessions judge in Samundari, who ordered the registration of the case,” she said.

SHO Mureedwala Muhmmad Iqbal confirmed that the case has now been registered against all the accused persons on the direction of the court. “We are investigating the matter and we have shut down the illegal clinic being run by Aslam,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • abdul sami
    Jun 1, 2011 - 9:53AM

    the women of our society are the greatest promoters of misogynies,especially mothers in laws because i’ve seen hundreds of cases where women have encouraged,implored their sons to beat their wives,they’ve told their sons to be as horrible & mean to their wives as possible.But no one likes to talk about this as in our claustrophobic society all conversation is stopped by ‘ rishton ki qadar’ which is nothing but a degenerate ploy to prevent free expression of feelings.This taking abuse & usrurpation of rights under the ‘baron ka ahtram’ has to end.We are human beings not animals & as human beings we have a brain & a tongue which should be used,parents & in-laws shouldn’t be allowed to get away with their crimes & atrocities simply because they’re older.Recommend

  • Rabnawaz
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:26AM

    it’s really nice storyRecommend

  • Ihk
    Jun 1, 2011 - 12:41PM


  • Zarmeena Ikram Babar
    Jun 1, 2011 - 3:13PM

    @ Rabnawaz
    You better open your eyes -since its a reality not a story -such things are now becoming a norm in our society -we should rather shun such attitude of women towards their daughter in laws -we should discourage men from committing such treasons –

    After marriage 60-70% of men think they have made a wrong decision by getting married and eventually they seek pleasure outside their house i-e by having extra marital affairs. They feel they have restricted themselves, they are better off the ones they got married to -they can still have options and in most of the cases they end up in making the most heinous decisions in order to get rid of their wifes by either killing them or by savaging them for a divorce. In 80% cases its women’s fault since they are prone to be gullible and easily flattered -they take up hasty decision in choosing the wrong person for themselves and fall prey to their alluring trap.Recommend

  • Khuram Khan
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:11PM

    these issues became order of the day in the society. It is high time to the sociologist come forward and express such issues. I think media should have also focus such issues for creating awareness instead focusing political issuesRecommend

  • Shana McIlwee
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:52PM

    This makes me so sad. That poor woman, how unfortunate for that sweet little life lost! Men need to wake up! It is a blessing to have a wife, a treasure beyond compair. And children are a gift! I don’t understand all the cultural differences here, but I do know this , no woman deserves to be treated this way , and I sincerely hope that justice is served! Recommend

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