Pakistan man chops off wife's nose, lips

2011-12-19 18:33

Islamabad - A Pakistani man chopped off his teenage wife's nose and lips in a furious marital row allegedly over the amount of time she spent with her parents, officials said on Monday.

The horrifying case underscores the brutal violence suffered by some women in Pakistan, where a domestic violence bill lapsed in 2009 after being held up in the Senate due to objections from religious parties.

Ghulam Qadir, 22, who is understood to have had a turbulent relationship with 18-year-old Salma, hacked into her face with a knife on Saturday in the remote village of Karkana, 475km southwest of Islamabad.

"Qadir chopped off the nose and lips of wife Salma on Saturday morning and fled," said Nadir Khan, an administration official in Musa Khel district, part of violence-torn Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

"They often had quarrels as the girl used to spend more time with her parents," said Khan. The couple have been married for about a year.

Severe discrimination

He said authorities were trying to arrest the culprit.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has demanded action in the case, but many cases of violence against women in Pakistan go unpunished.

"The girl's parents have taken her to a hospital in Multan and she is okay and out of danger," said Aftab Hasnain, assistant commissioner in Musa Khel.

Television channel Express broadcast footage of Salma, lying in hospital with a white bandage over her nose and lips, and wearing a red headscarf.

Human rights groups say Pakistani women suffer severe discrimination and widespread domestic violence, including so-called "honour" killings when a victim is murdered for allegedly bringing dishonour on her family.

Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch, said that domestic violence is a "serious, endemic problem in Pakistan" and called on the government to revive efforts to outlaw domestic violence.

But he praised the current parliament for a "fairly impressive" record on passing other legislation designed to protect women's rights.

A recent law against sexual harassment, for example, is "some of the most progressive and cutting edge in the region", he said.

  • Sunett - 2011-12-19 18:48

    As much as I bitch and moan about my country, women here don't have it half as bad as in Pakistan and similar countries. Thank God I am a South African. Sad that a man as young as 22 can be so brainwashed by his elders that he is capable of doing something like this in the name of "family honour". Wish they'd hang the bastard for what he put her through, but he'll probably get off with a hand shake and a well done. Sick.

      Barry - 2011-12-23 19:20

      At least the bad things get reported in Pakistan. They dont get reported in SA

  • ultracars - 2011-12-19 19:36

    They are almost as bad as our country man.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-19 20:02

      no, they're not. South africa is not like that.

      Rafick - 2011-12-19 20:27

      @Pixie86 - No we're worse off in South Africa. Here our so called educated couples, meet you in the graveyard, butcher you and skin you for the fun of it.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 12:48

      @rafick.valli - cant imagine why tellign the truth would earn a downthumbs - That was cruel what they did to Van Eck

  • Michael - 2011-12-19 19:41

    The weather report for Islamabad tomorrow, "Mushroom cloudy and the temperature in the high 5000's"

  • sarah.bouttell - 2011-12-19 19:44

    Give that man an arsenic.

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-19 20:34

    They should cut off his dick

  • Yar - 2011-12-19 20:47

    Just leave him alone with me for a while. I need to speak to him in private! I'll get him to promise never to do it again.

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