Two sisters, married into the same household in Sindh’s Khairpur district, were ‘rescued’ and their husbands arrested after the women alleged that they had being been subjected to sexual and physical violence for last five years. The two sisters ordeal was a story of many other women we have over time witnessed and either we forgot or chose to be mute spectators.
A rights activist, Sarim Burney, helped in the recovery of the victims ─ told our freelance journalist, that he had been informed by an anonymous source four days ago about the ordeal of the two women. He had subsequently rushed to their residence in Gambat, where the “poor women were labeled as “Kari” and were being subjected to the worst form of torture”.
The two women were later taken to the Hyderabad Press Club, where they narrated their ordeal to the media.
Sisters Ordeal: A story of Real Horror
According to the younger sister, who spoke on behalf of both: “We were forced to sleep with our husbands’ brothers off and on by our own husbands ever since we were married.”
While showing visible marks on her arms, face, and head she alleged, “Whenever I raised a small argument, my mother-in-law asked her sons to take me to the room, strip me and then beat me. My sister and I were often denuded before the entire family including our husbands’ brothers. Whenever our brothers visited us, our husbands and mother-in-law would always sit with us so that we do not share anything.”
Furthermore, she claimed that the two sisters were kept locked in the home whenever their husbands left.
“I finally fled from the house with my daughter after scaling the walls on 6 April 2018,” she said adding that she had since spent one night at the police station and two nights at her aunt’s house.
The woman’s son was rescued later on 9 April 2018, along with the older sister and her daughter from a previous marriage.
SSP Khairpur Shabbir Sethar confirmed that four men accused in the case had been arrested on 9 April 2018, saying that a case had been lodged on the complaint of one of the victims.