A jealous husband is facing life in prison after chopping off his wife’s fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission.
Rafiqul Islam, 30, blindfolded his wife Hawa Akhter, 21, and taped her mouth, telling her he was going to give her a surprise present.
Instead he made her hold out her hand and cut off all five fingers. One of his relatives then threw Ms Akhter’s fingers in the dustbin to ensure doctors could not reattach them.
Mr Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife there would ‘severe consequences’ if she did not give up her studies.
‘After he came back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me,’ Ms Akhter told The Times.
‘Suddenly, he blindfolded me and tied my hand. He also taped my mouth saying that he would give me some surprise gifts. But, instead he cut off my fingers.’
Mohammed Saluddin, the Bangladesh police chief said that Mr Islam had confessed after he was arrested in the capital, Dhaka, and will face charges of permanent disfiguration.
Human rights groups are demanding life imprisonment.
‘He was enraged. He was jealous because while he only had a grade eight standard education, she was off to college to pursue higher studies,’ said Mr Saluddin.
Ms Akhter says she is learning to write with her left hand and is determined to resume her studies. She is now back at her parent’s house.
The attack is the latest in a series of acts targeting educated women in the Muslim-majority company.
In June, an unemployed man gouged out the eyes of his wife, an assistant professor at Dhaka University, apparently because he could not stand her pursuing higher studies at a Canadian University.
This is the usual crap that we have become so used to, that it is becoming blasé. Of course those that get hurt know it is business as usual. It should not be so and it was good to see that this woman was not going to discouraged. Bravo for her.
What I find hard to understand, though, is how we can accept these barbaric acts because it is part of some stupid barbaric religion, at least the way they use their religion. If we had a bunch of countries that formally stated that cannibalism was their religion I sincere doubt that we would ever accept it, as a religion, let alone welcome them as immigrants to our countries. Yet it seems that these barbarians are allowed into our countries even though they commit all these vile acts. It would seem that even in our countries women’s lives are not important enough to ban these people from civilized shores. Sure, we say it isn’t all of them, that do this, but the problem is that unless some countries are willing to take these savages to task then they will continue in their ways.
What does it take to realize that we are allowing too many wolves into our den.
The least we can do is use really tough, stringent monitoring to keep as many as these misogynists out of civilized countries. It is the least we can do to protect Muslim women and our own women from these men who seem to do what ever they feel is okay for them and damned be anyone else. A shame all have to be painted with the same brush as these savage brutes,
What happened this century that it has turned so bad and what will this century end up like. It is a scary thought.