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Groom again booked under revoked Hudood law

MULTAN: The Makhdoom Rashid police have registered another case against a groom, his brother and nephew for not dissolving the marriage he has contracted with a woman of her own choice. Talking to this correspondent on Monday, the groom, Muhammad Amin, said the police had registered another case under sections 337/A-2 and 337/L-2 against him, his brother Muhammad Salim and nephew Waheed Ahmed in order to pressurise him to divorce his wife Majida Parveen. Earlier, the police had registered a case under the obsolete Hudood Ordinance on the complaint of Parveen’s brother, Khalil Ahmed Jatt, against Amin, his brother Salim, nephew Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Aslam, his (Aslam’s) son Sadiq and their sister Kalsoom Bibi for allegedly kidnapping the complainant’s sister.

Salim said Khalil Ahmed, Jamshed Ali, Sabir Ali, Tariq Ali, Muhammad Arshad and four unknown persons had severely beaten him up on December 20, occupied his 12 acres and taken away a dozen cattle. He said he went to the Makhdoom Rashid police for the registration of a case, but the police flatly refused to do so. He said he later approached Circle DSP Habib Ahmed Khan, who also did not order the registration of a case. “I then went to DPO Munir Ahmed Chishti in this regard, who ordered the Makhdoom Rashid SHO to register the case, but the SHO did not obey his boss’s orders,” he added. Parveen, 20, said she had tied the knot with Amin of her free will on November 29, but the police had registered a fake abduction case against her husband and in-laws on the complaint of her brother.

She said the investigation SP was still interrogating instead of issuing orders to quash the fake FIR. Sources in the police department told The News that MPA Rai Mansab Ali had forced them to take away Amin’s cattle, which would be handed over to him (Amin) if he separated from his wife. Shah Rukn-e-Alam Town officials, on condition of anonymity, told this correspondent that the MPA had called the victim party at their office on Saturday last and told them that their cattle would be given to them only after they handed over Parveen to her parents and dissolved the marriage, otherwise, he said, they should be ready to face dire consequences.

MPA Rai Mansab Ali said the police had wrongly implicated him in the case and added that he had not threatened Amin or his family members to end the marriage. He admitted that he had held a meeting at the Shah Rukn-e-Alam Town office on Saturday with the groom’s relatives, but he denied threatening them to hand over the woman to her parents or break the wedlock. He said he had been following President Pervez Musharraf’s vision of women’s rights and making efforts to protect their rights. Meanwhile, HRCP Coordinator Rashid Rahman observed that the police had been investigating the case under the obsolete Hudood Ordinance, which was totally against the law. Referring to his meeting with the DPO, he said the police officer was astonished to hear that the police were still investigating the case despite obtaining a written statement from the woman that she had married Amin of her own will.

Source: The News

Date:1/9/2007