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Dowry issue: Woman ‘forced’ to swallow acid

Updated Sep 29, 2015 09:26am


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SIALKOT: A woman, married for three weeks, died from acid consumption at the Daska Civil Hospital on Monday.

According to the City Daska police, 25-year-old Takreem Bibi, of neighbourhood Mughalpura, was brought to the hospital by her neighbours as her in-laws had forced her to swallow acid. Doctors said she died of internal injuries caused by acid intake.

Takreem was married to Imran Mughal about three weeks ago. Police said the woman was frequently beaten up by her in-laws for not arranging a good range of dowry.

Police said the in-laws fled the house.

This is the second incident in five days in Daska where a woman was killed over the dowry issue.

Earlier, Aneeba Shehzadi, 26, was allegedly poisoned to death by her husband Asadullah in village Behaaripur-Motra on Sept 24. She had died at the Daska Civil Hospital.

Police have yet to trace Asad and his family.

HONOUR KILLINGS: A local landlord and his two wives were shot dead on Monday allegedly by the family of his second wife for honour in village Dholleywali-Daska.

Daska Saddar police said Mushtaq Ghuman had three daughters from his first wife, Sajeela Firdous. Two years ago, Bahawalpur-based Gul Naz eloped with him and they both held a court marriage.

Gul Naz’s family developed a grudge against Gul Naz and Ghuman and would hurl threats on them.

On Monday, Gul Naz’s father Tariq, uncle Zia and nephew Khurram stormed Ghuman’s house in Dholleywali and shot dead Ghuman, Sajeela and Gul Naz. They fled the house on a motorcycle.

Daska Saddar police registered a triple murder case against Tariq, Zia and Khurram on the report of Mushtaq’s brother Ehsanullah.

Police shifted the bodies to Daska Civil Hospital for autopsy.

Superintendent of Police Irfan Tariq Khan said a special police team, led by inspector Muhammad Akhtar Cheema, was raiding places to arrest the suspects.

Also, in the Hajipura locality of Daska, 12-year-old Ameer Muaviya was gunned down at the home of his uncle Muhammad Ashfaq Rehmani.

Daska City police registered a case.

Published in Dawn September 29th, 2015

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Comments (16) Closed

Indian Sep 29, 2015 09:41am

Shame on us !! We are cruel on our daughters. Wake up India Pak

omer khan shaheen Sep 29, 2015 10:07am

Justice must be served!

Indian Sep 29, 2015 10:54am

Why dowry when god gave you hands and legs to work and earn money. These peoples are worst than beggars.

SJ Sep 29, 2015 11:40am

I feel ashamed to be part of this society, where newly wed daughters are forced to drink acid ,,,,,

kiran Sep 29, 2015 11:56am

I thought this problem is there in india only. Those people are lower than beggars.

N Sep 29, 2015 12:06pm

@kiran this problem is everywhere in one or the other way...

Fakhir Sep 29, 2015 12:16pm

Call Rangers in punjab. Enough is enough

gerry dcunha Sep 29, 2015 12:52pm

education is the main issue to bring such crime down - both India and Pakistan should learn lesson that daughters are not burden to give away to anyone in marriage and free yourself from burden but daughters are also gift from God

Shikhar Soni Sep 29, 2015 01:52pm

Shocking that even now when there are a lot of educated people but still incidents like this are happening. This problem is not only on Pakistan but also in India. It should stop. The only way of making this stop is education. More the education lesser the cruelty cases.

Nangyal Sep 29, 2015 03:50pm

Cruelty at its peak, I hope the perpetrators get served a glass of acid soon.

Gaurav Arya Sep 29, 2015 04:05pm

Happens a lot in India too. Shame on us both....nuclear powers who can't even stop dowry deaths. Doob maro.

Mariya Sep 29, 2015 09:07pm

In this day and age who cares about dowries?? it is an absolute rubbish custom that only puts pressure on the bride and her family..Marriages are not built on dowries but mutual love, respect and trust...why is this not the case, why are possessions more valuable than human life? :(

holysmoke Sep 29, 2015 10:13pm

@Indian: The dowry is supposedly for the care of the 'bride-servant' for having sons to expand the husband's family and finances and, if at all possible, proivde for the 'bride-servant and baby maker' if the husband divorces her or dies!

holysmoke Sep 29, 2015 10:16pm

@gerry dcunha : Daughters,(women) when not killed , are 51% of the population and without daughters, men wouldn't be born!

holysmoke Sep 29, 2015 10:22pm

If not dowry, it is inheritance money that leads to greed and murder!

South Asian Sep 30, 2015 01:21am

In Pakistan dowry is not a big issue. It is more about girl's inheritance(if any), which girl give away to her maternal family for her love. Which is unacceptable to groom's family. This causes these agnorant and cruel acts.

In end it's all about money....