First wife sets second ablaze in Phalia
PHALIA: As reported by The Express Tribune on Sunday, a woman set her husband’s second wife on fire, killing her, with the help of her in-laws on Saturday. Farhat, a Phalia Mohalla Mehman, resident married Qalbe Abbas, a resident of Mandi Bahauddin Sat Sara, four months ago without knowing that Abbas was already married.
“We never knew that he was married before and neither did my daughter,” said Farhat’s father Ali, adding that his daughter and Abbas shifted to a small house in Phalia a few months ago. “She told us that he travelled back and forth a lot for his work. In reality he was living with his family in the city and used to come stay with Farhat twice a week,” her father told reporters.
On Saturday, Abbas took Farhat to meet his first wife Rukhsana and his parents Ghulam Abbas and Zahida Bibi. Neither of the women knew that he had another wife and Farhat’s father Ali told the police that Farhat had had no idea where he was taking her.
Locals said that the two women constantly fought and shouted at each other for three days after which their neighbours intervened on Friday afternoon. “We saw them all fighting in the street. It was clear that Rukhsana did not know about the second marriage and that Farhat was ignorant about the first marriage. Abbas’s parents placated us and told us they would resolve the matter in their home,” said Abbas’s neighbour Hadi Kamran. He added, “They told us that this was a family matter and that we should keep out of it.” According to the police, Ghulam, Zahida and Rukhsana agreed to kill Farhat. When the police found the body she had already been burnt beyond recognition.