Karachi: Vengeful woman cooks hubby to cover up murder
KARACHI: At around 1 pm in her house at Shah Faisal Colony, Zainab Ahmed, 40, wrapped a rope around her sleeping husband’s neck and held it for a few minutes.
“When he stopped resisting and heaved for breath for the last time, I released the rope,” she told The News. Earlier in the day, she served a cup of tea blended with five sedative tablets to Ahmed Ali, her second husband.
For half an hour, she did not touch the body. Then she wore an apron and cut the body in half with a sharp chopper. She then dumped the lower part of Ahmed’s body in a trunk and dismembered his left arm.
She chopped the arm into pieces and put them in a pot to cook. “I also put Korma Masala and water in the pot, to subdue the smell.” Zainab was planning to cook the whole corpse in turns and throw the curry in a nearby gutter.
At 2:30pm, ASI Gul of the Shah Faisal police station received a call from the owner of Zainab’s apartment who lives a floor above. The owner complained that a bizarre smell of burning flesh was emanating from his tenant’s house. When the police reached, they found Zainab and one Zaheer, 18, who claim to be her nephew, and recovered two metal pots with flesh and a silver trunk shoved below a bed.
“I killed him in the name of Ghairat (Honour). My husband used to beat me and Sonya (her daughter from first husband), and he used to ogle at her. What else a mother can do?” she confessed.
Zainab and Ahmed had married four years ago. She has an 18-year-old daughter, Sonya, who lives with them.
According to Zainab, Ahmed often beat and threatened Sonya with physical assault. “He used to beat her for the lamest of excuses and often passed lecherous remarks.”
The police say Sonya has disappeared after the incident.
Additional SHO Shah Faisal Colony Shahzad Alamgir believes there is more there than meets the eye. “We are yet to begin investigation into the case. But it does not look to be an act of a lone person. Her daughter Sonya is missing and there are reports that there was a man in the house who left in the morning, but again we cannot say anything for certain.”
The nephew, who was arrested from the spot, claims innocence, saying he was visiting his aunt and did not know what happened. The weapon she used to chop the corpse was not a household item but is usually found in a butcher’s shop.
The police officials were bewildered by her composed outlook and the ease with which she was facing the television cameras. Officials are of the view that a woman cannot commit such a ghastly act on her own. She was extremely confident, and the way she raised the issue of honour to defend her case shows that she knows how to arouse pity and sympathy.
And she was also careful not to claim that her husband used to sexually assault his stepdaughter, because such a statement could be medically verified. “She limited it to lecherous remarks and beatings, which, to me sounds very calculating,” added Alamgir.