BATTAGRAM: A man accused of poisoning his wife for giving birth to a fourth daughter was arrested by the Battagram police on Sunday.
Police said that Gul Rehman, alias Malangay, was arrested on the complaint of Ali Muhammad, his brother-in-law, who accused Rehman of torturing and killing his sister, Athar Jana, for not being able to bear a son.
During a news conference held here on Sunday, Muhammad narrated that his sister had three daughters and her husband would occasionally beat her for not being able to bear a son. He said that when his sister became pregnant, Rehman threatened to kill her if she gave birth to another daughter.
He said that when his sister gave birth to a fourth daughter 15 days back, Rahman got infuriated and beat her mercilessly. He added that Rehman gave her food laced with poison and then dropped her off at her parents.
Muhammad said that when his sister arrived she was in poor health and was unable to move properly because of the beatings. When the family took her to a private hospital in Mansehra, the doctors said she had been given some slow-acting poison. Her health kept deteriorating and she died in the hospital after 10 days.
The couple had been married for 15 years.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2012.
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