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Woman saved by villagers, police from ‘kari’ death

By M.B. Kalhoro

LARKANA: A married woman who had been branded Kari by her husband and faced the threat of getting murdered demonstrated exceptional courage and jumped out of a moving car near the Rice Canal here on Monday.

Hafeezan Bhutto, 30, was being taken by husband Hajjan Bhutto and brother Zahid Bhutto, who is a police constable, to a village with the intention of killing her, when she jumped out of the car and started screaming for help.

Police arrived at the place and local people who had gathered around her tried to save her but the two men kept dragging her by her hair towards the canal.

They tried to throw her into the canal but she was saved by police and the villagers.

Hafeezan was taken to the Rehmatpur police station along with her husband and brother. She was later shifted to the women’s police station.

Hafeezan was married to Hajjan Bhutto of a village in Qambar-Shahdadkot.

“I was reluctant to marry Hajjan Bhutto,” she told journalists at the police station, adding that she was constantly beaten up.

Police have registered an FIR against Hajjan Bhutto, Zahid Bhutto and her relatives Babino Bhutto and Deedar Bhutto. Her husband and brothers have been arrested.

Hafeezan said her husband and brother had termed her a kari and planned to kill her.

“I would prefer to go to Darul Aman than to my parents’ or husband’s place because I fear I would be killed,” she said.
Source: Dawn
Date:7/13/2010