Time does not heal all wounds: Man’s nose, lips cut over 8-year-old dispute

Published: April 5, 2012
He will need a plastic surgery and take nearly two months to recover.

He will need a plastic surgery and take nearly two months to recover.


A man was maimed on Wednesday for marrying a woman eight years ago without her family’s consent.

Police said Jan Shams’s nose and lips were cut allegedly by some men from his in-laws. He was taken to Shaikh Zayed Hospital, where doctors treating him said that he would require a plastic surgery.

They said while his condition was out of danger, his would take nearly two months to recover.

Police said Shams, a resident of Mudh Manthar in Rajanpur, had married his neighbour Iqra eight years ago without the consent of her family.

They said after the couple eloped, their families took the case to the panchayat, which had decided that Shams’s family pay Rs800,000 to Iqra’s family.

Shams’ father, Jam Imam Din, told The Express Tribune that the money was paid to the girl’s family immediately after the panchayat order so that they should not harm his son.

He said some of his family elders had refused to accept him back for bringing a bad name to the family. The couple had then started living alone, he said.

However, eight years after the incident, Imam Din said, five men from Iqra’s family had brutally tortured his son. He said he learnt about the incident from some neighbours.

“This is a violation of the panchayat ruling. Despite receiving such a huge amount, Iqra’s family did not leave my son,” he said.

He said her family had also threatened to kill his grandson (Shams’s son). Imam Din appealed to the chief minister to take notice of the incident and demanded police protection for his family.

In his statement to the police Shams said Abdul Rahim, Lal Baksh, Amjad, Bilal and Ishaq had abducted him on his way home. He said they had beaten him so that he was nearly unconscious.

He said they cut his nose and lips with a knife and then abandoned him on the road.

Investigation Officer Akbar Khan told The Tribune that an FIR was registered against the five accused. No arrests had been made so far.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Lauren
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:32PM

    i’ll never understand muslims. why would marrying someone you love bring a bad name to the family?


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 11:31PM

    The news of being brutally assaulted 8 years after an elopement, that too settled by a local tribal ruling, is relatively rare, not a common occurrence and has little to do with Islam or them being Muslims. It’s an unnecessary prejudiced assumption. It’s like reading the news of the Oakland shooter at a Christian college and assuming all shoot ups in the States is a Christian trait.

    It’s a case of culture tribalism which promotes raw emotion and revenge violence rather than rational principles and restraint, let alone to forgive and forget. The emotional grudge of being slighted or ‘dishonoured’ held by the girl’s family (also ridiculously held by the boy’s family) continued to fester, but the girl’s family deviously waited to commit the brutal crime in revenge, knowing full well they were breaking the law of a weak state and earlier agreements.


  • Danny
    Apr 6, 2012 - 2:38AM

    Because Lauren, these people are barbaric savages who live according to a violent political system cloaked in religion. It’s simply that easy.


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