‘Douche du Jour’: Ghulam Qadir, Pakistani Man, Cuts Nose and Lips off Teenage Wife Salma Bibi
A 17-year-old Pakistani bride had her nose and lips sliced off by her abusive husband and is now threatening to burn herself to death if he is not brought to justice.
Agence France-Presse reports that Ghulam Qadir, from the remote Pakistani village of Karkana, Baluchistan, attacked Salma Bibi, his wife of one year, with a razor blade for reasons unknown. According to Bibi, Qadir beat her before tying her up with a rope and slicing off pieces of her face.
“He repeatedly slapped my face and then went into the room and brought with him a locally made, sharp razor,” she told AFP. “I started shouting in panic. He tied my hands and foot with a rope and chopped off my nose and lips.”
Bibi told AFP that local police refused to act when her family informed them of the horrific attack. She now says she will kill herself if Qadir is not brought to justice.
“I want justice and if it is not delivered to me, I will immolate myself in front of the Supreme Court,” she told AFP. “I will not sit in peace until my husband is brought to justice and gets punishment for the crime he committed,” she said.
Local authorities told AFP that they are searching for Qadir, who they claim will be arrested when found.
The case has attracted the attention of Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who has demanded that justice be served.
Violence against women in Pakistan, a conservative, Muslim country of 176 million people, is commonplace. Human Rights Watch told AFP that Pakistani women are subject to “severe discrimination,” domestic violence and even “honor killings,” in which women and girls are murdered by their own families for perceived shameful behavior.
Still, there is a good chance that Qadir will be held accountable for his heinous crime. Laws are changing faster than deeply-ingrained attitudes in Pakistan, with women’s rights gaining traction in recent years. There is still much work to be done, to say the least, but due to the international attention this case is sure to draw and the strides that Pakistani society has made in addressing some of the most important women’s rights issues of the day, there is hope that Qadir will not get away horrifically mutilating his child bride.
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