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January 7, 2011

Chained woman escapes from in-laws’ captivity, torture


January 7, 2011

The Baloch Colony police took a young woman into protective custody on Thursday after she managed to escape from the house of her in-laws, who allegedly tortured her.
People found Sauleha, 23, tied in chains near the Expressway in the Baloch Colony police limits on Thursday morning, and informed the police about her.
A patrolling mobile immediately moved to the spot and took the woman to the police station for protective custody.
During questioning, the woman identified herself as Sauleha, a resident of Liaquat Ashraf Colony. She said she hailed from Alai Tehsil, Battagram, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Narrating her tale to the police, she said she got married to Abid a year ago in her hometown and her younger brother married Abid’s sister in accordance with the Watta Satta custom. Later, they came to Karachi and settled in Quaidabad.
She added that for three months after the marriage the behaviour of her in-laws was very good and they allowed her to move where she wanted. But her father did not allow Abid’s sister to come to Karachi due to some personal issue, upon which Sauleha’s elder brother-in-law, Abdul Waris, started torturing and beating her.
She also alleged that her in-laws, including Ishrat, wife of Abdul Waris, used to beat her and when Abid went to work at a local hotel they beat her badly, tortured her and tied her to the bed with iron chains.
This state of affairs continued for three to four months. On Thursday morning, her husband and brother-in-law went out for work after tying her with iron chains. Only Waris’s wife was at home.
She said that after a while when Waris’s wife also went out to drop her children to school she managed to release herself from the bed and fled with chains still wrapped around her. When she reached near the Expressway, people saw her and informed the Baloch Colony police about her.
The police then conducted a raid and arrested Abid, Abdul Waris and Ishrat.

Adviser to the Chief Minister Sindh on Information Sharmila Farooqui visited the police station and assured the woman of protection and justice.
Faruqui learnt from the woman that her husband Abid and Abid’s elder brother Abdul Waris used to torture her and kept her in chains and that she was not allowed to see her parents.
The adviser directed SHO Meer Samad to lodge an FIR against the accused. The SHO said that cases had been registered against Abid and Waris under sections 342 and 337.
PPI adds: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza has taken notice of torture on a woman, who was tied with chains by her husband and in-laws at a home in Liaqat Ashraf Colony, and sought a report from the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) in this regard.
He directed the CCPO to ensure stern action against those responsible for torturing the woman, Sauhela wife of Abid. Dr Mirza also directed the relevant police officials to take necessary steps regarding provision of security and assistance to the victim.

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