Abused mom reunited with SA family

2012-02-16 09:00

Cape Town - A woman and her two children have been reunited with her family after a dramatic rescue from her abusive husband in Pakistan.

Sajida Sungey, 37, was rescued by the South African High Commission and Pakistan police in a remote rural area where her husband was allegedly holding her captive and assaulting her, reported the Cape Argus.

The Gift of the Givers helped Sungey return to South Africa, and she was reunited with her family at Cape Town International Airport.

Sungey said she didn’t know where she was being held and that her husband was mistreating her and her 11-year-old daughter. He also would not let them return to South Africa.

Sungey got hold of a telephone and called the SA High Commission. The rescue was launched two days later. She was apparently traumatised when police found her.

A South African official said some of the husband’s family members had helped authorities in the rescue.

Sungey went to Pakistan in May 2010 after marrying her husband. Upon arrival, he apparently held her captive and prevented her from having contact with her family.

When police arrived at his house, the husband said he was “culturising” his wife and did not try to stop the rescuers.

  • Moss - 2012-02-16 09:14

    When will these women learn,they all flood to these pakistan immmigrant ,they think those spaza shop owner are better man .all of them suffer the same thing abuse once off our shore. These pakistan immigrant they jsut want a way to get citizen ship,dodge tax,housing while their operate their spaza. all these RDP women owners are the victims in most case When wil they ever learn ? thus the big Q

      Snotty - 2012-02-16 09:41

      totally agree! These men are con artists who are worming their way into the SA immigration system .I cannot understand how many gullible desperate women are falling for these dirty smelly men WHO ARE USING AND ABUSING THEM !!

      Marion - 2012-02-16 09:45

      I know of someone who actually paid women to marry foreigners so that they could be in the country legitimately. The women were promised a divorce would be arranged. When those women wanted to get married for real they found they had never been divorced as promised. And I'm talking white women here. Some Bangladeshi's told my husband once they were looking for South African brides. So all this nonsense about suddenly finding you are married to a foreigner is, in many cases, a woman's own fault.

  • Janice - 2012-02-16 09:51

    Sometimes this whole world seems backwards to me...

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-17 19:30

      Ditto; this Moslem charity does a lot of good (before someone uses this story an excuse to knock the Moslems; for the record- I am a Catholic Christian- no vested interest).

  • Gavin - 2012-02-16 10:09

    I'm so glad that in this day and age of bad news, financial thunder storms and corrupt government officials, that there is still space on the front page - for some good news.

  • Thelma - 2012-02-16 10:10


  • Grimett - 2012-02-16 10:15

    It's called trust,many people believe they will be happy in relationships and things turn sour, Pakistani,Sowetan,Afrikaner,Kleurling,abusive people need corrective action taken against them.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-02-16 10:38

    a former colleague was caught in a similar predicament whereby she married a pakistani national without an antinuptial contract , Boeta Ali Akbar Al-Hamdulay left (disappeared) two days later and has never made contact with her since. She had to divorce him in his absence , I don't know how she tapdanced out of the in-community of property clause

  • Tebalo - 2012-02-16 12:12

    Rubbish! Why is it always women who are duped into all these foreigner related escapades? because they want easy come comforts! nonsense man, they are forever going for being drug mules,then they are married to these people and the government must use our tax money to extricate them from the mess? I am a woman myself, maar i'm tired of this nonsense

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-17 19:35

      Sometimes especially in more traditional communities/families women have a lot less going for them in terms of choices (arranged marriages), financial independence (male children in some cultures inherit more, get better education & opportunities), also- if your family treats you as second best, you will be second best. We do not know enough from this article to judge. Not every woman in this country had equal opportunities- I had the same as my brother- but that is not always the case.

  • J-Man - 2012-02-16 12:24

    Was this animal put in jail and "culturised"?

  • Kerry - 2012-02-16 12:59


  • ashanam - 2012-02-16 14:09

    First and Formost - i am married to a pakistan man - he has never once picked up his hand to me - in fact its been two years and what i can tell you is that he treats me like a flower - Dont Judge Pakistani Men because of one bad egg - South African has many bad eggs who abuse their women on a daily basis - so why is this man being judged - just because he is a pakistani - thats why he made head lines - im proud to say - my husband is pakistani and that he did not marry me for citizenship dont judge a book by its cover !!!

      vivisu100 - 2012-02-16 14:29

      Why not u stay in pakistan instead?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-02-16 14:36

      As salaam aleikum Ashanam We are not judging all Pakistani nationals by this man's standards but these cases are on the rise and cannot be ignored anymore.

      Ashana Wahab - 2012-02-17 15:08

      Walaikum salaam - from the comments I see it feels like pakistani's are being judged ... Remeber its not only happening in pakistan the same abuse is happening in sa - people should stop generalising .... I am born as a south african but yes I will one day go back to my husbands country .... I don't need anyones approval .... Maybe some of our south africans are just jealous that pakistani's come to sa and really strike it rich when they are just sitting and twiddling their thumbs ....

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-17 19:38

      We all like to generalize... like for example that the Nigerians are always involved in scams and so on. In the meantime- I am sure there are many lovely Pakistanis & Nigerians & any other nationality one cares to mention out there!

  • John - 2012-02-16 14:17

    Pakistan: “Islamist lawmakers” Object to Domestic Violence Law for Women’s Rights. – “But Islamist lawmakers in Parliament are objecting, claiming the law could tear apart the social fabric by undermining families.” Let's call a spade a spade. Islam(aka the Qur'an) condones and advises wife beatings. Qur'an 4:34 (In Islam they call it discipline). In other words, if it happens in any other country is not the point, since in Islam it is taught from pulpit and bench. Sharia law. The geopolitical ideology, religion known as Islam is at fault. On Bahraini TV Pakistan is a Muslim country. And all Muslim countries are considered the Nation of Islam. Please tell me which country where Muslims are the majority, wife beating is not advocated by law. (This is not even a scratch on the surface of beautiful Islam). Anything Islam must be met with the same 'respect' Islam dishes out to women. Surely that must be a win-win.

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-17 19:49

      The bible documents bad & good deeds right throughout. That should never be mistaken for condoning them. I think it is a balanced take on things that it does not try hide bad things that even peple like Solomon, David & Peter (the apostle) did. But- other than that- I reckon the problem lies less with various religions & ideologies (which often try to seek truth and what is good)- but with the way people interpret these religions & ideologies- and secular law too- which is too often to suit themselves.

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