The abusive man used to beat her and wanted to kill them to grab land
Gul Hameed Farooqui
CHITRAL: Police have rescued a differently-abled woman and her four-year-old daughter from her husband’s atrocities who allegedly wanted to kill them to grab their land. The land was transferred by the woman’s parents in her name.
According to police, the woman belonging to the Gujar tribe and a resident of Gehrit village was married to a man of her tribe to grab her land. He continued to abuse her and tried to kill her four-year-old daughter.
The husband continued to torture the baby girl, who was also mentally disturbed, but the man divorced the woman and took her daughter in his custody. The husband did not give subsistence allowance to the divorced wife either to his daughter.
Alam Khan District Coordinator KP of Pakistan International Human Rights Organization (PIHRO) and Additional Deputy Commissioner Disaster and Human Rights Chitral Abdul Wali Khan, Lower Dir said that his organization received a complaint from Dir Khal village that the four-year-old girl was being tortured by her father and stepmother who were trying to kill her.
“We got registered a case against the man and approached the local court which ordered to hand over the girl to her mother. The woman and her daughter were brought to their ancestral home to Chitral,” said Social Welfare Officer Nusrat Jabeen and Darulaman Project Manager Asia Ajmal.
PIHRO Provincial Coordinator Meraj Muhammad and District Officer Alam visited the home of the woman under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Disaster and Human Rights Abdul Wali Khan.
He assured that the woman and her daughter would be shifted to Darul Aman when it is completed. Her ex-husband had built a house on her father’s land, but the house is now in her brother’s possession, where she lives with her brother, sister-in-law and children.
The woman and her daughter need legal protection, he said.
The victim told the media that her husband had been abusing/torturing her and had broken her bones. She alleged that he was trying to kill her daughter to grab her ancestral property.
PIHRO District Officer Dir Lower Alam Khan Yousafzai told media that they received another complaint that a woman from Kuju area of Chitral was married to an 80-year-old man Wilayat Shah in Swabi for Rs272,000.
“When we investigated, it turned out to be violation of law, Sharia and local customs,” said Mr Yousufzai.
The girl was married to the man without her consent. We took back the money from the girl’s family and gave to the girl and the old man.
He said that this was the case of fraud and human trafficking. However, we resolved the matter amicably because the girl had earlier been married in Karak district with a man from whom she had two children. But after getting divorced, she was again married to the old man.
The girl did not want to live with the old man as she had not seen him before tying the knot. We dissolved the marriage by mutual understanding and the money was divided equally between the two.
The PIHRO officer warned the girl’s relatives not to marry her in future without her consent. He urged the people of Chitral to not allow their daughters to get married in other districts without proper investigations so that they do not face any difficulties.
ADC Abdul Wali Khan, Nusrat Jabeen, Asia Ajmal, SHO of Koghazi Police Station Wali Khan were also given certificates of appreciation for their performance by the human rights organization.