Islamabad: Marriage proposal refusal costs girl honour, beauty
ISLAMABAD: Laying bare the growing risks posed to the life and honour of Pakistani women, a girl from Mandi Bahauddin has emerged as a new victim of acid assault and rape. The girl’s only fault was refusing to marry a boy from her town in Central Punjab. Feeling much disgraced, the male chauvinist, Azhar Hussain Shah, made up his mind to avenge the refusal. After having planned kidnapping of the girl, S, in her mid 20s, the boy roped in his two brothers. Reportedly, no one other in the family was in the know.
The three bundled the girl into a car at gunpoint when she was out to buy medicine and left the city. Rawalpindi was their destination where a room was already booked in a Pirwadhai hotel. Soon after reaching the room, the things the girl might have never imagined began to unfold.
In the presence of his brothers, Shah repeated his desire to seek her hand. The answer was again a plain no, which was enough to madden the boy.
Hurling loud shouts and filthy abuses at the girl, whom he declared his love, the boy tied her hands with a rope, drew out his leather belt and began beating her black and blue.
Still boiling with anger, the boy stripped her naked and sexually assaulted her time and again. The two others, however, made no sexual advances towards the girl, who happens to be their next-door neighbour.
The next morning, the three drove her up to a wooded area near Allama Iqbal Open University in H-8 and threw her out.
Before fleeing, the boy splashed the girl with acid causing her serious burns on face, head, arms and hands.
There followed chilling screams by the hapless girl. People rushed to the scene and shifted her to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where she is under treatment at the Burns Centre.
Doctors confirmed the girl was raped before she was doused with acid. They said the girl’s 40 percent face and head suffered serious burns. They said the assault also did some damage to her arms and hands.
Doctors said the girl’s treatment was underway and she might take more than a month for discharge.
Mandi Bahuddin Station House Officer (SHO) Aadil Shamshad, who was present outside the Burns Centre, said the main culprit was at large and raids were being conducted in various cities for his early arrest.
He said Shah’s two brothers, who were also involved in the kidnapping, were in police custody. He said a case of rape had been registered against the three.
The girl denied reports that she accompanied her alleged rapist on way to Islamabad for attestation of educational certificates by Allama Iqbal Open University. She insisted she was kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to Rawalpindi against her will.
She said Shah had kidnapped her because she had refused his proposal to marry him about six months ago due to opposition of her mother and brothers. She said she wanted to marry the man of family’s choice.
She said Shah kept chasing and pestering her after his proposal for marriage was declined. She said she brought all this into the notice of her family.
The girl said Shah and not his two brothers raped her. She demanded exemplary punishment for her rapist, who had ruined her and her family’s life. The rape victim’s account of the events agreed with that of her family members.