Muzaffargarh ‘revenge’ plot: 10 women stripped, one paraded naked

Published: March 4, 2012
Mob beat up the women, accusing men of the house of kidnapping a girl.

Mob beat up the women, accusing men of the house of kidnapping a girl.


As part of a ‘revenge’ plot, a mob disrobed a woman and paraded her naked around a village in Muzaffargarh district, after accusing her son-in-law of kidnapping a married girl.

The incident took place in Missan Kot Buaa village of Ali Pur sub-district, Muzaffargarh district, and is part of a chain of events – which were allegedly neglected by police. One thing was certain, however, that the women of both sides of the conflict were the ones to lose.

Mehmood Bibi*, along with 10 women of her household, was beaten up and stripped by Amjad Ahmed* and 60 villagers, after they were turned away continuously by police. Bibi was the only one, however, who was paraded naked around the village, and subsequently kidnapped.

Ahmed had demanded that Bibi’s husband disclose the whereabouts of their son-in-law, Nazir*, accused of kidnapping Ahmed’s daughter Asma*.

Ahmed told The Express Tribune that after his daughter was kidnapped, he had visited the police station more than 30 times, but was turned away.

Chain of events

According to reports, Nazir, a local landlord and Ahmed’s neighbour, would tease Asma, who married about six months ago.

On February 27, Nazir was up to his antics again and tried to grab Asma as she was walking by. Asma, in turn, abused him in front of other villagers. Suffering a blow to his ego, Nazir, who is also married with three children, threatened Asma of ‘dreadful consequences’.

On February 29, Nazir along with his companions kidnapped Asma from her home after beating her up in front of other villagers.

Her father, Ahmed, along with other villagers went over to Nazir’s residence to recover his daughter, but was turned away by his brothers.

He, then, approached the Muzaffarhgarh police but they also refused to help. SHO Aashiq Gishkori simply denied lodging an FIR.

That is when Ahmed decided to take matters in his own hand.

Along with 60 villagers, he approached the residence of Nazir, who had been living with his in-laws.  However, Nazir’s father-in-law denied giving any information on the whereabouts of Nazir or Asma.

Ahmed and his companions, then, brutally beat up and stripped more than 10 women in the house. Then they attacked Manzoor Bibi – Nazir’s mother-in-law and paraded her naked around the village, before kidnapping her.

Ahmed told Nazir’s father-in-law that he would return his wife when Asma was returned.

Police finally takes action

After the incident, police immediately filed an FIR against Nazir and his companions.

On the other hand, police of the Kundayi police station lodged an FIR against 36 known and 25 unknown residents of the village in Mehmood Bibi’s case. SHO Syed Asghar Bukhari confirmed the arrests of three unknown and 23 known suspected people.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of the incident of Mehmood Bibi and ordered DPO Muzafarhgarh Rao Munir Zia to immediately arrest the criminals.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (78)

  • Hafeez
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:40AM

    What is this all going on? If all this is true, then the major factor is Police’s criminal negligence. Some heads must roll.


  • SalSal
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:45AM

    What’s with these people when it comes to women??!!! One parades them naked the other buries them alive! These people should be put to death! Even the Taliban would never do this pathetic act!Recommend

  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:48AM

    Sad and barbaric.
    We truly have a high emotional quotient and we have a country of 180 million who let their hearts (instead of the brain) do the talking.
    We need to send out shrinks to rural areas to teach our farmers how to cool down


  • Farhan Khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:50AM

    The first thing I do in the morning is to read ET and see what i got today.
    Oh God, Show us some direction. Where the Hell we Pakistanis are going :(


  • Faraz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:50AM

    Low and behold, the righteous Muslims of Pakistan, and of course more rape cases happen in USA and Europe, women are treated like flowers in the land of the pure. Women are treated like objects of sex in Europe, we Muslims protect our women. We Pakistanis (Muslims) are better off, why highlight the negatives? there are thousands of good things happening in Pakistan (really?), women are raped in the US, too.

    This is a typical Pakistani response to any women related issue. My fellow Pakistanis, women are terribly unsafe in Pakistan and don’t compare with the West to hide our shortcomings.


  • gp65
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:51AM

    If the son-in-law kidnapped a girl, the son-in-law should be punished after due process of law. Disrobing the mother-in-law makes no sense. And this is happening in the country that professes Islamic values and modesty?


  • unbeliever
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:26AM

    now people will start blaming muslims or pakistanis or extremism for whatever is going on.

    but let me be true, it is entirely different thing: it’s the belief in man’s supremacy over woman that is the root cause. that a revenge to a kidnapped girl can be taken by stripping the women’s of accused family is something which finds resonance here in india too, and we have heard a lot of such cases.
    the only solution is to dissociate ourselves with the notion that females are honour of the family, and start treating them as individual human beings capable of thinking for themselves


  • Akhtar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:30AM

    Only if True Islam is followed, all this will not happen!


  • Pinky
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:32AM

    SHO Aashiq Gishkori doesnt deserve to wear the uniform!…..instead of doing his duty i.e lodging the FIR and recovering the abductee, he cowered away from the local landlord!! shameful & despicable behaviour :@ i hope he is fired and thrown in the jail where he belongs..


  • Peeru Shah
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:36AM

    Pakistan Zindaabad


  • romeo
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:44AM

    It is not the police to be blamed, it is the politicians and high-ups who have the power and political link–ups. Police can not act unilaterally as they are tied up by these scrupulous politicians and high-ups. Police have to take permission from these thugs before they can take any action or lodge an FIR. The time has arrived for the people of the masses to act themselves and get rid of the thugs and so called high-ups who have political links otherwise these kind of violence will go on and on.


  • zalim singh
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:58AM

    @ Akhtar

    can you define what is true Islam- is it the one you are practicing right now?


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 10:59AM

    This is our misnamed ‘Land of the Pure.’ How happy we are that justice has been done, is that not the case? Many political parties will support this act because they voted against the anti-rape resolution, to please their molvi bosses.

    We are the lowest quality persons on this good earth. When you take the name of Pakistan, people are dismayed and politely go away. Moreover, why not? So much for the sordid ‘jirga system.’

    Where are the so-called honorable members of the PPP, PMLN, PTI, JI, JUIF, and JUIS? Where is the village molvi who only teaches how to pray but not Islamic Tehzeeb? Why does the Council of Islamic Ideology not step in and take up the case? Let the Supreme Court take ‘suo moto’ notice and speedily subject the accosted to the severest punishment.



  • Ali Rashid
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:24AM

    This is a prime example of the “feudal-mindset” which prevails in this country. I can now understand why MQM wants to get rid of feudalism & feudacracy. I hope they succeed.


  • nobody
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:40AM

    So tired and disgusted by this misogynistic and hateful behavior. As another person pointed out on here, society needs to let go of this archaic and sexist notion that the honor of the house lies upon the women of the house. That’s the mentality that allows people to use such shameful behavior and rape to be used as weapons for revenge.


  • Beatle
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Where is the electronic media? Busy in


  • Hamid
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:49AM

    We read it everywhere “The police refused to register the case” or “the police neglected the incident”


  • Mirza
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:02PM

    Imran Khan would eliminate these evils from the society just like all corruption. The whole fabric of our society is rotten to the core. What a shame in each case only the women are victimized by men. Recommend

  • xzy
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:18PM

    What a confused bunch of Pakistani Muslim men. They’ll cry ‘Pardah’ and curse women who don’t cover their heads but will willingly disrobe and parade them naked in public.
    Why no cries of protest by Religious organisation over this, especially by Jamaat Islami Women wing who’ve plastered their anti fahashi banners across Gulistan-e-Johar and Bahadurabad?


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Actually police is responsible for this incident. So SHO and other staff should be arrested and tried in court.
    Plus now police will arrest dozens of people and will charge everyone 10000-20000 rupees and then everything will be settled down :)Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:52PM

    @Mirza: How is Imran khan going to change the very social and cultural fabric of Pakistan? Is he going to clone himself and station himself outside every home? Will he watch everyone 24/7 and have a naughty and nice list, like Santa? Your setting yourself up for some bitter disappointment if you think one man can personally reform the corrupt mindset of millions of Pakistanis by simply being in charge and saying the right things.


  • Shamy
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:07PM

    In this whole scenario…i see no one but the police who should be blamed first …


  • Mirza
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @Iron hand: I was not being serious. Just trying to make a point what people of Pakistan think. IK would stop us from adding water to milk, stop making fake medicines, produce instant electricity, stop corruption using magic lamp and so on. The system and society is rotten to the core and no man can bring about that kind of change in a few years let alone a few days. Anybody who claims that is either a liar or naive, take your pick. Unless the ordinary people do not change and take full responsibility of all their actions nothing good can happen. Thanks and regards,


  • Shahid
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:47PM

    @Iron hand: You are underestimating the power of one my dear friend.


  • Salim
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:15PM

    It is a conspiracy by India,USA,and Israel to weaken the social and moral fabric of Pakistani people.We have to guard against this.Where is the Difa-e-Pakistan Council?Why dont they destroy and crush these people who are conspiring against Pakistan?


  • tsunami
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Imran Khan will stop this within 19 hours if not in 19 minutes


  • sohails
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Whole system is corrupt & we all r responsible……As Muslim & as a human,,, Does this society has the right to call us as a true Muslim & do we have the right to call our country as Islamic republic??? It’s time to change ourselves, our system our mindset..NOW OR NEVER


  • god
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:51PM

    im thinking if this was in India, imagine comment from guys like pakistan politics, ali thanoli,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, etcRecommend

  • Akhtar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:56PM

    When there was no law, shariat has been implemented & justice to everyone was ensured. There was little or no crime. In Pakistan today, there are laws, & these laws are not respected because they are not pure Islamic laws. Pakistan is formed in the name of Allah, the merciful. It’s the citadel of Islam, & land of pure. But what happens in Pakistan today? Drugs, Prostitution (especially the Chinese), murders, rapes & bomb blasts. For USD, our Leaders sell people branding them as Militant Paki’s (Dr Aafia). All These have become very common.

    What’s the solution? Allah’s solution. Implementation of sharia & establishment of caliphate.


  • Muhammed Usama Aziz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:02PM

    If true Islam was followed here, then these things would not have taken place. When people does not have fear of their Creator, these things are bound to happen!!


  • unbeliever
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:19PM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:

    If true Islam was followed here, then these things would not have taken place.

    i have heard this lame argument so many times on pakistani newspaper that i feel sick of it.

    ok tell us sir, what a true follower of islam would have done, will you please?


  • dr j tipu
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:19PM

    and yet we call ourselves a “ghairatmand qaum”. ican only pity the twisted thoughts of our orthodox culture whichbreeds on sensationalism and doesnt respct humanity! shame for muzaffargarh…………….


  • unbeliever
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:38PM

    in SA there is to a great degree true sharia? what do you think about the crime rates in that country.

    you label everything going wrong to as act of infidels. but when in power you do repeat the same.

    let me say that just like “true equality”, the concept of “true islam” is far-fetched and will always remain pipedream.

  • munnabhai
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:51PM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:

    Lol… The chinese don’t give the finger on the concept of god. And yetnthey are doing better than all islamic countries put together. Islamic nations have no respect for non-muslims.


  • rsaad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:59PM

    If negligence of duty at a small scale leads to such crisis, imagine what our leaders are doing to us by being careless of their obligations.


  • Baba Ji
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Tit for tat !!!

    winners = Police … shall get money from both parties now !!!

    losers = we all as a nation !!!!


  • Mj
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:57PM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:
    “If true Islam was followed here, then these things would not have taken place. When people does not have fear of their Creator, these things are bound to happen!!”

    Why is it that you do not hear of such medieval acts happening in Scandinavian countries?


  • WB
    Mar 4, 2012 - 6:01PM

    @Faraz: And what is the solution? Should all the women do a mass migration out of Pakistan?? What a tool


  • Muhammed Usama Aziz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:10PM

    I guess you don’t know about an Islamic society and mind it i am not talking about these so-called Islamic states. In an Islamic society, there is justice for everyone and a true believer has fear of ALLAH in it so he wouldn’t do anything that is against His laws!!


  • Muhammed Usama Aziz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:14PM

    I think you have not heard of cartoon controversy in Denmark which is part of ‘Scandinavian countries’.


  • afzal
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:16PM

    This is the begining of turmoil of Pakistan. (Can’t stop my tears)


  • HoneyBee
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:38PM

    illiteracy, illiteracy, illiteracy,
    is the major evil here ?????


  • Mehnaz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:
    “I think you have not heard of cartoon controversy in Denmark which is part of ‘Scandinavian countries’.”
    Point here is not blasphemy but disrespect of women in our society! Focus.


  • unbeliever
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:

    what do you think would be the justice in this case from a “true islamic” point of view?


  • A.Khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:41PM

    We put religion and politics aside and adjust some people’s behavior. Educated class to teach those illiterates by hook or by crook.


  • ahmed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:28PM

    @ Muhammed Usama Aziz
    will Jamate Islami protest agaisnt this henious crime against 10 ‘ qoam ke Betiyan” ???


  • Cynical
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:22AM

    These stories are like National Geographic documentaries on animal kingdoms, where laws of the jungle prevail.
    But then, may be I am insulting the animals.


  • Muhammed Usama Aziz
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:33AM

    yes it is different. I only wanted to say that these things are present all over the world. If education and awareness is the solution, then conditions of women in US would have been perfect!!

    Arrest the culprits involved in this crime. The situation would not have reached at this point had the SHO acted in the first place!! In case of Islamic society, justice is equal for everyone, rich and poor alike!!

    you better ask these questions to them directly. I am not their representative!!


  • Mar 5, 2012 - 3:06AM

    This could only take place in Pakistan, by Muslims, against Muslims, yet its the citadel of Islam.

    We should be ashamed as a nation which allows these acts to take place, without redress, against those who call themselves officers of law enforcement. The Chief Minister, Home Secretary, and Chief Secretary the Inspector General of Police should all resign or be fired. Oh forgot you cannot fire the Chief Minister he is elected by the people for the people to rule above them and disregard the acts of his minions, but he is Khadam e Alaa. God save these ignorant people who elect these clowns.


  • Mar 5, 2012 - 3:53AM


    Imran khan is not a god! All he can do is talk talk and talk.
    btw im not altaf supporter or indian agent.


  • Mar 5, 2012 - 4:45AM

    Good people everywhere have a common enemy – the corrupt.


  • Mar 5, 2012 - 4:53AM

    The purpose of religion is the same as tribal social politics and politics in general – to maintain power for those in power. The problem is our willingness to tolerate corrupt powermongers.


  • A Friend
    Mar 5, 2012 - 5:55AM

    Three things are needed and none of them have anything to do with religion: 1) Established laws that respect the individual, 2) A strong certainty of getting caught, and 3) a strong certainty of punishment.
    I believe #2 is the most important deterrent to crime. The punishment doesn’t even have to that severe if the certainty of being caught is clear. But 2 and 3 do not matter if you do not have and RESPECT #1.


  • Saad Raees
    Mar 5, 2012 - 6:20AM

    Yaar seriously? Some pathetic and illiterate farmers and landlords use a disgusting way to settle their familly issues and people start blaming their religion? What does It even have to do with religion? If you really wanna blame, blame the politicians who have have backed these feudals! Seriously you guys are talking like as if whatever they do, they do it with the intention of following their religion properly!


  • Akhtar
    Mar 5, 2012 - 7:08AM

    @Munnabhai: “the chinese are doing good as they dont believe in religion”

    The chinese aren’t doing good. They hide things & won’t let media show the ground realities. Th reality is there is no middle class in china. Only the super rich & the exploited worker class. Which is why there are many turning to Islam. & Chinese govt is murdering Muslim’s to stop conversions! But soon, inshallah China will break, just like the Soviet Union.


  • unbeliever
    Mar 5, 2012 - 8:26AM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:
    this is what the law made by us mere mortals also say and practise. how come islamic laws are at any advantage, if they are used.


  • Munda Baloch
    Mar 5, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Islam preach muslims to cover their women :)


  • Citizen
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:01AM

    Oh GOD its terrible . bad happened with both parties . A men’s mistake … and the sufferers were innocent women . Its horrible . Where in CJ now ? Nazir should be punished severely


  • Syed
    Mar 5, 2012 - 10:26AM

    We have laws but no one to implement them.. we need to make drastic revolution in our police force.. In short, the solution is to temporary replace all police officers by any other independent armed forces with proper accountability..


  • Mar 5, 2012 - 11:38AM

    *Names have been changed to protect identities says the paper and it goes on to say:

    “Then they attacked Manzoor Bibi – Nazir’s mother-in-law and paraded her naked around the village, before kidnapping her.”

    (Earlier in the story her name had been changed to Mehmooda Bibi)


  • Nobody
    Mar 5, 2012 - 11:46AM

    @Munda Baloch:
    I may be overreacting but something struck a nerve with your statement….”their women” sums up the sexist notion that muslim women are property of muslim men and they’re not my friend. The day we realize that, the disgusting behavior such as that of the shameless men in this article will decrease.


  • Muhammad Usama Aziz
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:32PM

    we only say it but not practice them. If we would have practised it, then would this event happened? Islamic society not only have laws, but they also implement them because they follow all order of ALLAH. they have fear of ALLAH so a human will not indulge in these kind of things.


  • Mehnaz
    Mar 5, 2012 - 5:44PM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:
    One has to understand that there is no such thing as perfect….having said that I would add that your stance of “If education and awareness is the solution, then conditions of women in US would have been perfect!!” belittles the two major points:
    1. Issues (and atrocities) faced by women in Pakistan(the above article being a case in point)
    2. The importance of education and awareness surrounding social issues

    I agree that condition for women has to improve on a global level and things are not exactly “perfect” in US/Canada/Europe; however, there is by far NO comparison to challenges faced by women in Pakistan, where they are used as chattels to solve family issues. Yes, the concept of family is rather individualistic in these countries but I have yet to read in a newspaper that a woman was beaten and paraded naked in streets because another woman was kidnapped by a male in the rival family.
    I guess it is time for our people to stop relating everything to what goes outside Pakistan and focus on how to make situation better for our women or people in general (irrespective of religion, caste, creed).

    Also, education and awareness is something that takes time to set ground. If the process is not started soon, it will always be too late!


  • Mar 5, 2012 - 6:51PM

    We have got to do something about this police. They are bringing bad name to the country.


  • Hairaan
    Mar 5, 2012 - 11:25PM

    @zalim singh:
    The one preached by the Prophet (PBUH) and practiced by the companions (RA). I think it is clear now.


  • as
    Mar 6, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Imran khan will stop this in 3 hours


  • Atul Shukla
    Mar 6, 2012 - 1:42AM


    In which part of the world true islam is followed.


  • Atul Shukla
    Mar 6, 2012 - 1:47AM

    but in jungle also rules of nature are followed .Animals kill animal only when they are hungry.


  • Isaaq
    Mar 6, 2012 - 3:55AM

    Is this the reason Pakistan was created? So innocent Muslim women can be forced to strip naked and paraded through the streets? So politicians can siphon the state’s resources, and act above the law? Or perhaps so that reilgious institutions can indoctrinate hatred and perpetuate terror? Or perhaps so women and children can be massacred by terrorists at will, with the state lacking the will to go after them, as some elements secretly support their objectives? The Pakistan project was a mistake, the world has not been proved otherwise.


  • Raj
    Mar 6, 2012 - 11:50AM

    This is a matter of internal affairs of Pakistan. No comment.


  • mohammad iqbal
    Mar 6, 2012 - 3:53PM

    back to stone age. Nothing new or breaking news any more. Even the waheeda shah slapping incident is also bordering stone age antiks so why not in remote village. slowly but surely pakistan is slipping back into stone age.


  • kashif
    Mar 6, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Why does this happen in Pakistan only?

    Can anyone please answer this question?


  • ABKhan
    Mar 6, 2012 - 8:56PM

    In this case I want one more FIR against the police, who let all this happened. Why an FIR was not lodged when the first woman was kidnapped? In this case all the victims were women either it was daughter of Ahmed aur mother in Law of Nazir. Everybody including police should be punished!!!!!!!!!


  • Amjad
    Mar 7, 2012 - 5:02AM

    @Isaaq: Is that the reason India was created ? So poor Indian women can be stripped and paraded naked too. We all saw the movie Bandit Queen where Poolan Devi was stripped and paraded naked in her town. This happens more commonly in India. Yes such injustice has to be stopped but making nonsensical comments does not help. The culprits should be charged.


  • Javeria Saleem
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Today people are sending wishes like “Happy Women’s Day” what kind of treatment we have with our women. They are human being for God sake don’t treat them like animals. Such kind of misbehave is not tolerable..GOvt. Do something


  • Mar 10, 2012 - 12:28AM

    @Muhammed Usama Aziz:
    What is Islamic justice? Marrying 4 women to satisfy the lust and say talak 3 times if get bored. Beating wife as if it is a right of the husband, but wife had to swallow all his misdeeds. Converting others into Islam, killing if it is reverse. ‘Allah will punish’, ‘the judgement day’ is heard for the last sixty years but not know when it is? Mr.Muhammed Usma, without all these rhetoric, there are many non-islamic countries where there is progress, prosperity and peace.


  • Singh
    Mar 10, 2012 - 6:34AM

    Pholan Devi episode happen 40yr ago. & you are talking about movie of 80’s.
    Get a life.


  • Hafiz
    Mar 12, 2012 - 8:39PM

    This is a bad story. The people in the villages become enemical over affairs of their heart. They take every unusual instance upon their hearts. Any unusual accident in a village takes sharp twists. One after other incidents leave hardly any choice to rethink their own behaviour or the instance of other people. Therefore, the need is to let them learn to «mind» and not to «wish» every matter of life.


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