BANGLADESH--Human rights groups in Bangladesh have demanded a severe punishment for the husband of a young wife who allegedly cut off most of her right hand.
Police say Rafiqul Islam, 30, attacked her because she pursued higher education without his permission.
However there has been no independent confirmation from the suspect that he carried out the attack.
The incident is one of a number of acts of domestic violence targeting educated women in recent months.
Police say that Mr Islam, who works in the United Arab Emirates, tied up his 21-year-old wife, Hawa Akther Jui, earlier this month. He then taped her mouth and cut off the five fingers.
Doctors say the fingers cannot be re-attached and it appears that Ms Akther will have to live with permanent disfigurement.
"After he came back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me. Suddenly, he blindfolded me and tied my hand," Ms Akther told the BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan from the town of Narsingdi.
"He also taped my mouth saying that he would give me some surprise gifts. But, instead he cut off my fingers."
She said her husband, who is not well educated, did not approve of her enrolling in a college for higher studies.
During their earlier telephone conversations, she said, he warned her of "severe consequences" if she went against his word. (Read more.)
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Muslim Man Cuts off Wife's Fingers to Keep Her from Pursuing an Education
Doesn't the BBC understand that all cultures are equal? Just because we don't cut off women's fingers to keep them from studying doesn't mean the practice is wrong. It is simply racist, intolerant, and bigoted to defend women's rights.