Man booked for killing young wife
By Imran Ayub
KARACHI: A young woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband and his family in their house within the remit of the Quaidabad police station in the early hours of Saturday, police said.
They said that the incident occurred inside the 60-square-yard house of the victim’s husband, Asad, in New Muzaffarabad Colony on Rehri Road near Mustafa Masjid.
They said that Asad’s neighbours heard shouts from his house in the night between Friday and Saturday, but they found the house locked from outside.
“A few neighbours of Asad came out of their homes minutes after they heard shouts of men and women from his home,” said an official at the Quaidabad police station. “Though all lights inside the house were on, they found it locked from outside, which strengthened their doubts that something is wrong and they called the police.”
Some personnel of the Quaidabad police climbed over the walls of the locked house and found the body of 24-year-old Aneela lying in a pool of blood in one of the two rooms of the house.
“Asad’s sister was living in another house located in the same street along with her husband. But surprisingly her house was also locked and there were no signs of the family,” said Quaidabad SHO Irfan Meo. “Later, we came to know that the relationship between the couple had been strained for the past several months and that Asad’s mother and sisters frequently tortured the victim.”
Before shifting the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination, the police called the victim’s father, Shaukat Ali Tanoli, who lives in Bhains Colony.
“Late in the night, I got a call from the Quaidabad police station with this terrible news. I didn’t believe that until I visited my daughter’s home and saw her body,” Mr Tanoli said in an almost inaudible voice while sobbing uncontrollably. “She came to me with a complaint some two months ago that her husband and in-laws beat her up over petty issues and she could not take it any more. I helped them both – my daughter and her husband – to reconcile, but it never worked as my daughter was not happy and found herself alone against her husband, mother and sister-in-laws.”
He said that the couple got married more than two years ago but after a few months Asad was laid off from his job and he never attempted seriously to find some other work.
Citing initial findings of doctors at the JPMC, he said that the right arm of his daughter was also fractured, which suggested severity of torture.
“They did not have children. During more than a year of unemployment, Asad developed friendship with some people having a criminal record,” said Mr Tanoli, father of six daughters. Aneela was his eldest daughter.
A case (FIR253/2010) was registered against the victim’s husband, Asad, and others including his mother, sister and brother-in-law under Section 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Quaidabad police station on the complaint of the victim’s father.