they beat him up badly and then chopped off his nose
A man from Pakistan’s Punjab province of Pakistan, Dera Ghazi Khan had his nose chopped off by his brothers-in-law after he had married their sister in a ‘love marriage’.
Police reported the incident saying that the two brothers cut-off the man’s nose as an act of revenge because he had not had the family’s consent to marry the woman.
The man, known as Tanveer, married the sister of Saeed Ahmed and Haji Ahmed in what they claim as a marriage of ‘love’ and act of disrespect to their family.
Superintendent Police Investigation Zafar Buzdar told Dawn newspaper that Tanveer was invited by the brothers to a feast on Sunday night, April 22, 2018. When he attended, they beat him up badly and then chopped off his nose.
The victim was immediately taken to District Hospital Rajanpur for treatment. His condition is said to be stable.
Both the Ahmed brothers were arrested by police.
Cutting off noses and ears in Pakistan is seen as a form of justice and punishment.
In 2009, even a Pakistani court in Lahore ordered two men have their noses and ears cut off after they did the same to a woman who refused to marry one of the men.
The men were also sentenced to life imprisonment after they had kidnapped 20-year-old Fazeelat Bibi, a cousin of theirs and then “They put a noose around her neck, and then cut off her ears and nose.”
There are also numerous cases of Pakistani women having their nose cut-off by husbands as a means of punishment, especially, in tribal areas of Pakistan, especially, in Punjab and the North-West Frontier Province.
The Dera Ghazi Khan district of Pakistan is mainly populated by the poor but ruled Balochi landlords and chiefs who are rich. The Balochi tribes play a major role in national and provincial politics.
Survey’s reveal about 51% of the population of the area lives below the poverty line, especially, in tribal rural areas.
With it being one of the oldest districts, Dera Ghazi Khan did not have the development and progress like other cities in Punjab, Pakistan.
Therefore, this incident and the patriarchic action taken against Tanveer seems like a reaction that would be seen as the ‘right’ thing to do when it comes to the honour of a sister or daughter.