Bosnia woman seeks help to claim dower in Pakistan
A Bosnian woman has moved the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa anti-harassment ombudsperson against her stepson and brothers-in-law alleging they’re trying to deprive her of property given to her by her late Pakistani husband as dower (haq mehr).
Ms Jasna Fajkovic filed the complaint under Section 4 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Enforcement of Women Property Rights Act, 2019, seeking directives of ombudsperson Rukhshanda Naz for the revenue authorities to transfer that property, including a house and a two kanals plot, in her name. She requested the ombudsperson to stop the three respondents from “interfering” in the land and provide her with security.
The respondents included the complainant’s stepson, Sikandar Bakht, brothers of her late husband, including Kabir Khan and Saadullah Khan, the revenue officer of Khwazakhela, Swat, and Swat’s deputy commissioner.
Under Section 4 of the said Act, any woman deprived of ownership or possession of her property by any means may file a complaint to the ombudsperson appointed under the Protection of Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, who can then initiate action on the complaint.
The complainant said she was a Bosnian resident by origin and had married Bakht Karam Khan (late) when both worked in Bosnia.
She said she and her husband shifted to Swat a few years ago as he served in a government project under the auspices of the Swiss Development Cooperation.
The complainant said her husband suffered from cancer, so she tried her level best for his recovery by arranging treatment in the leading hospitals.
She added that she had spent all her money and gold ornaments on the treatment and even sold out her property in Bosnia, but her husband didn’t survive.
The complainant claimed that her late husband had given her a house and a plot measuring two kanals as haq mahr (dower). She alleged that the three respondents had now been exerting pressure on her and had even threatened to kill her if she did not leave the said property as well as the country.
The woman claimed that she was subjected to severe mental torture and feared for her life. She also said she had health issues and had no relatives or resources to claim her right.
Man arrested for burning wife to death
Karachi Police on Thursday arrested the husband of a mother of three children from Orangi Town who was burned to death on charges of murdering her.
Javed, son of Abdul Khaliq, allegedly set his wife, Dua, on fire at their house located in the Aziz Nagar area of Orangi Town, and later he told everyone that his wife was operating a spice grinder machine in the kitchen when a fire broke out, which engulfed her dupatta and the curtains. As a result, she got burn injuries and died.
However, the investigation revealed that it was not an accident, but the victim was murdered. Following the revelation, the police arrested Javed. “When the husband was taken into custody and interrogated, the facts came out,” said SHO Riaz Bhutto. “The arrested suspect is still trying to defend himself, but the circumstantial evidence confirmed that he murdered her apparently over a family dispute.” The suspect has been handed over to the investigating wing for further investigations.
Teenage girl raped and murdered by plumber while parents were away
A teenage girl was raped and murdered allegedly by a man in Karachi. The culprit was caught and overpowered by area people while fleeing, in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Thursday.
Mobina Town SHO Ahmed Mustafa said that the body of the 14-year-old girl was found inside her home near the Mosamiyat area with strangulation marks around the neck.
The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors confirmed that she was subjected to a sexual assault.
The area SHO said the suspected killer had worked in the girl’s house as a plumber and on Thursday he barged into her house in the absence of her parents. The girl put up resistance and raised alarm but the suspect did not stop, raped and strangled her, he added.
While the suspect was fleeing the neighbours spotted and overpowered him and handed him over to the police.