Lahore: Tortured woman struggles for life in hospital
LAHORE A 24-year-old woman was assaulted to the point of torture by her husband on April 8, and is now struggling for her life at the Services Hospital. Her drug-induced husband assaulted her with knife and then with bricks, leaving her severely injured.
Arifa, mother of two, Sahar (3) and Suman (8), had filed a case for divorce (khula) in the court. Only a week before the attack, Arifa was reconciled with her husband, Muhammad Iqbal. He attacked her to avenge himself for her going to court and for ‘marital unfaithfulness’.
Arifa’s mother, Shamim Akhtar, told Daily Times that Arifa had been married to Iqbal about nine years ago. She said that it was not known before the marriage that he was a permanent drug and liquor addict. “Iqbal did nothing to make a living and every now and then verbally and physically attacked Arifa. Tired of the situation, about three months ago, she came back to us and filed a lawsuit for divorce. After the case had been filed, Iqbal repeatedly threatened to kill her and the two daughters. Ultimately, the case was withdrawn and she was reconciled with him,” she said.
She said on April 8, Iqbal came home drunk late at night and tied Arifa with ropes and electric wires. He then began to cut her all over the body, especially her torso, and began to crush her head with bricks. “Arifa kept begging him to leave her, but he did not listen and said that he was teaching her a lesson for going to court and also for having illicit relations with lawyers and policemen. He beat her and raped her repeatedly in front of the two daughters. In the end, he poured liquor on her cuts bruises and left her screaming, and later fainted,” she said.
Shamim said that in the morning Iqbal came to her and said he had killed Arifa. “We rushed to his house and found her smeared in blood, almost dead,” Arifa’s sister said that when they entered the house, Iqbal attacked them with bricks, but they ran away and informed the police at its helpline (15).
Iqbal is now in the custody of Harbanspura police. Harbanspura SHO Ashraf Kanju said that no case had been registered against Iqbal so far because the medico legal certificate had not yet been received. He said Iqbal had denied the allegations on him. “He says Arifa did it to herself to strengthen her case for divorce,” he said.
Arifa is at present at sedatives but when she comes to her senses, she screams, “Please don’t hurt me; please stop beating me.”