Arranged marriage turns into slavery for UK muslimah from Pakistan

by Kal El on August 6, 2008 · View Comments

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They told me I was a servant, says Muslim bride ‘beaten every day’ after being flown from Pakistan for arranged marriage

The relative of a young Muslim bride who was beaten every day and treated like a servant after an arranged marriage, described a catalogue of abuse the woman experienced today.

Zahida Khan told St Albans Crown Court her cousin Sania Bibi, 20, had described a range of incidents she suffered at the hands of her husband and mother-in-law.

Mrs Bibi was allegedly abused and treated like a slave after she arrived in Britain from Pakistan following the marriage in April 2006.

Today Zahida Khan told the jury of a series of incidents Sania had told her about after she fled to relatives in Blackburn early last year.

She said: “Sometimes when they would eat she wasn’t offered any food, apparently because her background was very poor.

‘Nobody acknowledged her, never spoke to her apart from telling her what to do.

‘She said when she had finished (her daily tasks) and she had nothing else to do sometimes she would be upset that she missed her family or wanted to speak to her sister.

‘Her mother-in-law would say, ‘go up to your room’. She would take her up to her room and say ‘cry in there’.’

Yesterday the court heard that Sania was constantly beaten and treated like a slave after arriving in Britain from Pakistan following an arranged marriage.

Her husband Haroon Akhtar, 28, of Paston Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, denies five counts of actual bodily harm and one of putting a person in fear of violence.

His father Ali Akhtar, 55, of the same address, denies theft of jewellery his daughter-in-law had been given at the wedding.

Mother-in-law Zafia Bibi, 49, denies theft and putting a person in fear of violence.

Ms Khan gave the descriptions based on notes made when Sania fled to Blackbur

This is a sad story, of a completely dysfunctional and backwards family, but given their country and culture of origin, not surprising.

Read the rest in the Daily Mail

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