Gujrat: Man shaves wife’s head and breaks her arm
GUJRAT: A man shaved his 45-year-old wife’s head and broke her arm in Phalia on Thursday afternoon. According to police officials, Kailo area resident Zulfiqar Muhammad wed Suraiya Bibi 23 years ago. The couple has two sons and a daughter. Residents of the village told police officials that the couple had been quarrelling for the past year ever since Zulfiqar said he wanted to take a second wife. “Suraiya refused him several times and even announced that she and her children would leave him if he married again,” said a neighbour Mukhtar.
On Thursday morning, Zulfiqar tied up his wife to a pole and shaved her head. Then he beat her with a stick and smashed her arm with a brick. “He also tried to cut off her nose when we saw him. We held him back, while my sister called the hospital,” said Zulfiqar’s 18-year-old son Waqar Ahmed.
Suraiya was taken to the Phalia THQ hospital and doctors said that her arm had been broken. “Her husband had broken several of her ribs as well and she had been brutally beaten. He almost chopped of her nose but we have stitched the skin and she should recover,” said Dr Azam Mehmood.
Suraiya’s sons Waqar and Ammar Ahmed, 16, came to the hospital with her. Her daughter Shazia told reporters that their mother had nearly been killed. “My father kept threatening her and all of us. He said he would kill us all if she didn’t agree to the second marriage,” she said.
Suraiya’s children told police and hospital officials that their parents had begun quarrelling over the issue last year but things had gotten considerably worse.
Hospital officials told reporters that Suraiya had lost the use of her right arm. “She is being treated for severe injuries but should be able to recover,” Dr Mehmood said.
Zulfiqar told police officials that he regretted torturing his wife. “I should not have hurt her but she has a duty to agree to my demands. She refused me the right to marry a second time for months and this is my right,” he said.
“He threatened to chop off her nose and then kill her. He said he would make a public spectacle of her. We want him behind bars,” Waqar said. Phalia police have registered a case against Zulfiqar Ahmed and have taken him into custody.