By Tahir Siddiqui
KARACHI: A 26-year-old woman, mother of three, was arrested on Wednesday for killing her husband at their house in Korangi.
The Zaman Town police said that the victim, Umair, 24, had married Khushboo, a divorcee with three children from her first husband, in August 2008.
The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination. Sources at the hospital’s medico-legal section told Dawn that the victim received a fatal wound to the back of his head by a sharp-edged weapon.
They said that the victim, who did nothing for a living, had a criminal record and his wife’s first husband was his friend. The police said that the woman killed her second husband, as he used to torture her and her children.
The area SHO, Pervaiz Ali Shah, told Dawn that the victim’s mother, Hafeeza Begum, lodged the case (FIR 270/2009) under Section 302 (intentional murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code against his wife.
He said that the victim, who had come out of jail a year ago after being enlarged on bail in a robbery case, was believed to have been killed while he was asleep.
The SHO said that the police received information at 7.40am about the mysterious death of the victim at his house (2/24) in Sector 50 of Korangi No 4.
He said that the victim had broken the arm of one of his wife’s children a couple of days ago.
“His mother told us that her daughter-in-law (suspect) had threatened the victim of dire consequences for injuring her son,” he added.
The SHO said that the police became suspicious about the woman’s involvement in the murder when she told the police that she did not know as to how and when her husband was killed.
“We became more suspicious when we found newly washed clothes of the suspect on the line,” he added.
He said that the police did not find the weapon used in the offence, however.
“The suspect might have disposed of the weapon,” he said and added that some of the neighbours had seen the woman leave her house early in the morning with something wrapped in a shopping bag in her hand.
He said both the victim and the suspect have been booked under Section 13-E of the Arms Ordinance as an unlicensed pistol was found.
However, the station investigation officer of the Zaman Town police said that he was not able to collect any evidence against the woman. He also did not know if the police had seized the suspect’s clothes.