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In-laws torture woman to death after quarrel over suitcase, court told

Shamim Bano

Karachi: At the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), another woman has succumbed to her wounds after being allegedly tortured by her in-laws.

Saima’s parents’ suspect that their daughter’s in-laws are involved in what they claim to be a ‘parricide’ but police says the woman was mentally disabled and committed suicide by hanging herself to a ceiling fan.

On Tuesday, Saima’s husband, Mairaj, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and her brother-in-law, Shahzada, were produced in the court of the Judicial Magistrate South, Inayat Ali Bhutto. They have been nominated in the case by the woman’s family.

On January 24, when Saima was about to leave for a marriage ceremony at her parents’ house with her husband, a quarrel erupted between her and the mother-in-law over the contents of her suitcase, which contained clothes and some jewellery.

Later, Saima’s parents received the news that their daughter had been admitted to the CHK and was in a critical condition. The family rushed to the facility only to be told that they could not see their daughter.

For seven days, she fought for her life and stayed in a coma. On February 7, the 22-year-old breathed her last. The defence counsel told this correspondent that Saima had married Mairaj around 14 months back and had a two-month-old baby.

She said the woman had been brutally beaten by her in-laws, but neither chemical report nor any medical report was produced before the court. Even the investigation had not been properly conducted.

The family says the in-laws were demanding Rs0.3 million from them if they wanted the dowry returned. The defence said it was the worst case she had seen throughout her career, as Saima’s throat had been slit open by a sharp object.

The mother- and sisters-in-law, Jameela, Malika and Rani respectively, who were also indicted in the case, obtained bail before arrest from Additional District and Session Court South Abdul Razzak.

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