Saturday, December 17, 2011
A Muslim 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 Akhter's fingers in the dustbin to ensure doctors could not reattach them. Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife there would be severe consequences if she did not give up her studies. "After he came back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me," Akhter said. "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 Islam had confessed after he was arrested in the capital, Dhaka, and will face charges of permanent disfiguration. The attack is the latest in a series of acts targeting educated women in the Muslim-majority company. In June 2011, 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.