Honor Crime Costs Man His Nose & Ears… His Mother Loses Hand
The victim’s family was dragged out on the floor where assailants pummeled them and then slashed off their ears, a nose and a hand in an honor crime.
The husband, Mohammad Iqbal, had his nose stiched back on in the hospital.
Mohammad Iqbal of Pakistan, with his stitched nose, lies on a bed at a hospital in Multan January 3, 2007. Armed men cut off the ears and nose of the Pakistani man who married one of their tribe for love. (REUTERS/Asim Tanveer)
The Pakistani Daily Times reports:
MULTAN: Armed men cut off the ears and nose of a man who married a woman from their tribe against their will, after he and his family refused to hand her over, police said on Wednesday. The attackers also chopped off the ears of the man’s brother, while severing his mother’s hand in the latest reported “honour” crime in the country’s conservative rural areas. Mohammad Iqbal’s wife, Shehnaz, was not at home when about 15-armed members of her clan carried out the attack in Multan on Tuesday, demanding that she be returned to them.
“The assailants, who were armed with small arms, daggers and axes, tortured Iqbal and cut off his ears and nose when he refused to produce Shenhaz, his wife,” Naeem-ul-Hassan, a deputy superintendent of police, told Reuters, adding that five suspects had so far been arrested. “They dragged us on the floor and thrashed us before cutting our limbs,” Mohammad Yasin, Iqbal’s brother, told Reuters from Nishtar hospital, where he was being treated along with his brother and mother. Shehnaz married Iqbal out of choice last year and the couple left Multan along with Iqbal’s family apparently for fear of reprisals from Shehnaz’s relatives. The family returned to Multan recently to celebrate Eidul Azha. reuters
The mother is also recovering after having her hand cut off.
Relatives stand next to Manzooran Bibi, the mother of Pakistani man Mohammad Iqbal, at a hospital in Multan January 3, 2007. Armed men cut off the ears and nose of Iqbal who married one of their tribe for love after he and his family refused to hand over his wife, police said on Wednesday. The attackers also chopped the ears off Iqbal’s brother and severed his mother’s hand. (REUTERS/Asim Tanveer)
Pakistani police escort suspects of a nose and ear cutting incident inside a police station in Multan January 3, 2007. The suspects are (from 3rd L-2nd R): Mohammad Qasim, Bashir Ahmed, Nazir Ahmed, Mohammad Ashraf, Mohammad Rafiq and Mohammad Bakhsh. (Reuters)