Lahore: Man accused of having affair with married woman, cut off hands and foot
LAHORE: Thirty-year-old Allah Dewaya, father of six and husband to a woman who cannot speak, was abducted on Friday and had his hands and a foot chopped off for allegedly having an affair with a married woman.
This incident took place in Gajju Mor, Jalalpur, Multan. Dewaya is the only breadwinner of his family. The woman he was accused of having an affair with is his cousin’s wife. He says that Irshad was having trouble with her husband and did not want to stay with him. He says that he only advised her to move to a Darul Aman to get away from her troubled marriage. “Irshad’s brothers Ishaq, Altaf, Mushtaq and Abbas accused me of having an affair with her. They kidnapped me and cut off my hands and one of my feet. I don’t know what to do,” he told Daily Times at Nishtar Hospital in Multan on Tuesday.
He said that he was on his way to work when the incident took place. “There were three unidentified men also. They took me to a desolate location and used a knife to cut off my hands. They then chopped off one of my feet with an axe. I screamed and shouted, asking them to stop. They didn’t listen.”
He said, “I wasn’t having an affair with Irshad. She is like a sister to me. She was having a troubled marriage and I only told her to seek shelter at a local Darul Aman. Her brothers took offence and accused me of something I couldn’t ever do. This is what I get for helping someone out.”
Dewaya said that he was a labourer and the only earner in his family. “I used to earn Rs 100 a day to feed my children. My youngest child is a year old and the eldest is nine. I have a brother also, but he is partially blind and can’t work.”
Wiping away her tears, Dewaya’s 75-year-old mother Karam asked, “Who will look after us now My other son can’t work and Dewaya earned for the entire household. How will we survive”
Sajid Hussain, a resident, said, “Dogs kept by the attackers were gnawing at his hands and feet. Two of the accused Altaf and Ishaq surrendered, but the rest are still at large,” he added.
Jalalpur police station Duty Officer Farhat Hussain said that Dewaya’s brother-in-law Zafar had lodged a complaint with the police upon which the police raided a location and found Dewaya. He said that the men had confessed to their crime and in their statement accused Dewaya of having an affair with their sister. “They warned Dewaya several times to keep away, but he didn’t listen. We cut off his hands and foot to teach him a lesson,” the officer quoted the accused as saying. He also said that case 752008 under Sections 324, 334, 341, 148, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code had been registered against the accused.
Darul Aman Superintendent Rakhshanda said that she had been transferred out and knew nothing about Irshad’s case. Kausar Hashim, the new superintendent, said that she had not officially taken charge and did not know about Irshad’s case. Daily Times was also denied access to Irshad.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director IA Rehman said that the commission would investigate and take action if what Dewaya said was correct. He said that the commission worked for crime in the name of honour indiscriminate of gender.
Shah Taj Qizalbash of AGHS Legal Aid said that despite the law office’s agenda to provide free legal aid to helpless women, it also referred male victims to suitable independent lawyers for free legal assistance.