Girl wants husband punished for chopping off her nose

MINGORA, July 4: A teenage girl, whose nose had been chopped off by her husband on May 16, wants the accused punished under the Qisas (retribution) laws.

Talking to reporters here, Shahida, 18, said that was only seven years old when she was married to the accused, Sahibzada, after his sister married with her brother. She alleged that she had been subjected to torture since her marriage, adding that her husband once broke her hand and also hanged her from ceiling fan in her house.

The victim girl said that she was also confined in a room for 20 days. She said that she managed to escape from her husband’s house at Manja area in injured condition and got admitted to Saidu Sharif Hospital for treatment.

Shahida said that when she informed her father about the torture he got registered an FIR against the accused in Kabal police station, adding that after registration of the case, her husband intensified torture on her.

The Kabal police arrested Sahibzada, a special policeman, on June 5.

The victim demanded of the government to give to her custody her two and half year old son and also provide her free treatment as she couldn’t afford expenses on the treatment of her nose.

Bakhti Raj, mother of the victim, and Zahir Shah, her father, also appealed to the government to take notice of the gory act and provide justice to them.

Speaking on the occasion, chairperson of Khuyando Tolana NGO, Tabassum Adnan, demanded ban on child marriages, saying that the government should make legislation aimed at protecting minor girls from being victimised.

Meanwhile, Swat deputy commissioner Mahmood Aslam Wazir on Wednesday sent 22 traders to jail for fleecing consumers, and also fined 48 shopkeepers Rs92,000 during surprise raids in different bazaars of Swat.

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