Zahir held Noor hostage for a couple of days
Jaisay Aapki Marzi remains popular with its audiences due to its hard-hitting storyline and impeccable acting of an abuser and a victim, played by Mikaal Zulfiqar and Dur-e-Fishan Saleem.
Dur-e-Fishaan has won hearts as Aleezay, an abuse victim who desperately tries to keep her husband happy.
On the other hand, Mikaal has nailed his performance as Sherry who is quick to emotionally abuse his wife when even the slightest thing does not go his way.
The drama is a stark reminder of several high-profile domestic abuse cases involving Pakistani women.
Although Jaisay Aapki Marzi is a fictional drama, it is still a reminder that these issues take place in reality and that there is not much difference between reel life and real life when it comes to domestic abuse.
The murder of Noor Mukadam was one of the most talked about cases, causing anger and heartbreak at the injustice the victim faced.
The daughter of former diplomat Shaukat Mukadam, Noor was brutally murdered by Zahir Jaffer, the son of an influential family of directors of a trading and project management company.
Zahir held Noor hostage for a couple of days, torturing her and sexually abusing her.
It later emerged that even though Noor tried to escape multiple times, Zahir’s house help did not allow her to leave, leading to the arrest of Zahir’s family and house help for hiding evidence.
Noor was murdered by decapitation and upon his arrest, Zahir admitted he intended to kill his victim for rejecting his marriage proposal.
He was charged with premeditated murder, rape, abduction and confinement.
In February 2022, Zahir was sentenced to death at Islamabad Court and his guards were given a 10-year jail sentence.
Zahir’s parents Zakir Jaffar and Asmat Adem were held accountable for concealing evidence and their involvement in the crime.
Sarah Inam was murdered by her husband Shahnawaz Amir after just three months of marriage.
Shahnawaz murdered Sarah at his mother’s residence in Islamabad.
Sarah had just returned from a work trip in Abu Dhabi and following an argument, Shahnawaz bludgeoned his wife to death with a dumbbell after she refused to give him money.
He then hid her body in the bathtub.
According to a police report, Sarah was unaware that her husband was previously married twice and that he was a drug addict.
It was also brought to light that Shahnawaz took ownership of a car that Sarah had purchased in her name.
Upon his arrest, Shahnawaz claimed he killed Sarah in an act of self-defence because he believed she was having an affair.
Sania Khan was shot dead by her ex-husband Raheel Ahmad in a murder-suicide in Chicago in July 2022.
It emerged that Raheel discovered snippets on Sania’s TikTok where she spoke about her unhappy marriage.
On several occasions, Sania had spoken about her divorce and the subsequent shame she felt at the hands of the South Asian community.
She had expressed:
“Going through a divorce as a South Asian woman feels like you failed at life sometimes.”
“The way the community labels you, the lack of support you receive, and the pressure to stay with someone because ‘what will people say’ makes it harder for women to leave marriages that they shouldn’t have been in, to begin with.”
Sania had also revealed her family tried to pressure her to stay in the marriage.
In light of these being real-life cases, Jaisay Aapki Marzi has masterfully captured the essence of an abusive relationship and the lack of sympathy that is somewhat shown by family members.
It is a lesson in recognising the warning signs of both the abuser and the victim and many viewers have come forward to say that they had experienced the same thing in their relationship.