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​Hammer-wielding Pakistani takes out ex-wife’s eyes for ‘loose morals’

Published time: July 01, 2014 19:34
Edited time: July 09, 2014 19:35
AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards

AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards

In a fit of rage, Rasheed Ahmad gouged out his former wife’s eyes with a hammer, Pakistani police have reported. The man is said to have wanted “teach her a lesson for having loose morals.”

The vicious attack occurred Sunday in Bahawalnagar, a district in Pakistan’s Punjab province, The Express Tribune said on Tuesday.

When the couple and their five children were faced with financial hardship, 37-year-old Shama Bibi took a position working as a maid. Incensed by her decision to work without his approval, Ahmad subsequently filed for divorce.

Following the termination of their marriage, Bibi left for Lahore with one of her sons. Four of her younger children remained with Ahmad in the city of Minchinabad.

Bibi’s attempt to visit her children at their father’s home on Sunday culminated in a brutal attack, which left her blinded and unable to walk. Horrified at the vicious treatment she was subjected to her family rushed her to a local hospital in Minchinabad.

Her ex-husband was questioned by police several hours after the incident. Ahmad confessed to assaulting and blinding his former wife of 19 years.

“I wanted to send a message through her to all women with loose morals,” he said. Doctors said the woman lost cornea in both eyes and had five fractures in her legs.

Pakistan’s conservative traditions in regard to women have led to many similar attacks, and even “honor killings” of women who do things that are interpreted as immodest or unacceptable are often overlooked by the authorities. Just last week, a young couple was found in eastern Pakistan tied up with their throats slit by the girl’s parents after they married for love.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that 869 such killings were reported in the media last year, but the true figure is likely to be much higher as many cases are not reported and the government doesn't collect any central statistics.

Comments (24)


Hughe G Lee Hung 03.07.2014 15:33

Iain Ballantyne 02.07.2014 19:43

FFS RT... Did you just search Google images for "Brown man with man with hammer"? a) It's the wrong kind of hammer. B) WTF? - sorry if repeat post.


Why does my browser keep telling me about a man in Wales, UK battering his girlfriend's face with a hammer in front of her children.


Scott Kuli 03.07.2014 01:09

It's not Islam that's at fault for this, it's the tribal cultures. This isn't something that would happen in many areas in Pakistan, but where it does they need to step down on the people doing it, HARD.

As for the rest of the world, maybe we should be shaming them and curtailing business until the government is ready to behave like the government of a "first world" country.


namy 02.07.2014 14:18

come on people you just watch it on the news and start to comment, these are some black sheep of the societies who must to be punished, they must to pull his eyes also. but please don't say that all the people of Pakistan are like this guy or ignorant. If you see statistics you will find USA number one in ten who violate the women rights, India 2nd, UK 3rd, and also Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Thailand, Columbia & Belgium.... SO WHAT DO YOU SAY NOW???

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