LAHORE: A judicial magistrate has jailed a man who allegedly tortured his wife and shaved her hair off until the court is provided a medical report of the victim.
Judicial Magistrate Shahid Zia said that a ruling will be made on the matter after the medical report of the accuser, Asma Aziz, is presented. The case was heard at Model Town Courts.
The police produced Asma’s husband and one of his employees after the culmination of their four-day physical remand.
Asma Bibi, along with her lawyers, appeared before the court. In her statement, she alleged that she was subjected to torture for her refusal to dance before friends of her husband. She pleaded the court to bring her husband to justice.
Police also submitted an investigation report and recovered material in the court. The investigation officer told the court that police recovered a trimmer, hair of the girl and a pipe used in the alleged torture.
According to Asma, she had married Faisal four years ago. Her husband turned hostile and started misbehaving with her over petty issues within six months of their marriage, she added.
In defence, Faisal said on Monday that he is ready to accept his punishment [if proven guilty] but he should first have the chance to narrate his side of the story.
“You [the media] have been advocates for Asma for the past one week — give an hour to me and listen to what I have to say,” he said.
“I will accept any punishment I am given,” he said while talking to reporters upon his arrival at the court.
On March 27, the Kahna police arrested the suspects after a video complaint of Asma went viral on social media and news channels, prompting the government’s machinery to take action.
The woman alleged that Mian Faisal, her husband, would invite his friends to their house and force her to dance in front of them to amuse them. One day, she said, Faisal, as usual, forced her to perform dance when he invited his friends to their house. However, she refused to fulfil the demand of her husband and he started beating her with a plastic pipe and then shaved her head off with the help of his employee Rashid Ali.
The police then registered a case, arrested the husband and one of his employees and produced them before the court. The magistrate remanded them in police custody for investigation.