Karachi: Broken-hearted wife commits suicide
KARACHI: A woman committed suicide on Wednesday just a year after her court marriage and the reason was a dispute with her husband over his first wife. Hailing from Bhurewala, the deceased, Sumera, lived in the Gulshan-e-Hadeed area and was introduced to her husband, Waqar Ahmed, through a common friend. The woman’s in-laws refused to comment on the reason of the conflict, but according to her brother-in-law’s statement to the police, Sumera wanted Waqar to divorce his first wife. When he refused, citing that he had to remain with the first wife for the sake of his two children, Sumera threatened to commit suicide.
Around 1:00am on Thursday morning, Sumera complained she was not feeling well and started vomiting. Her brother-in-law took her to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), but she died before reaching the medical facility.
According to the statements of her in-laws, Sumera swallowed a “poisonous capsule used to keep insects away.” She found the capsule inside a wheat bag.
Dr. Nasreen Qamar, a female medico–legal–officer (MLO) at the JPMC, said that at present, they were looking at the obvious cause of death, which was poisoning. However, she pointed out that, “there were abrasion marks on the woman’s neck, which could indicate other possibilities.”
Although she met the in-laws to get their statements, Dr Qamar did not know any of them by name. “Sumera’s brother-in-law gave his version, but asked me to write the name of his uncle, Asif, under the statement,” the MLO said.
Sumera’s in-laws were also against a postmortem, saying that they needed to take the body home as “relatives were gathering for the funeral.” After much discussion, the body was handed over to the in-laws.
Investigation Officer, Mohammad Baqar, said that an FIR had not been registered as the family was busy with the funeral.
He said that both Sumera and Waqar married in court during July 2011. “Both are ethnically different and had their differences from day one. We are just waiting to hear from the girl’s parents,” he added. Sumera’s family in Bhurewala was informed of her death and was on its way to the city.