Semi-Literate Husband In Bangladesh Chops Off Wife's Five Fingers For Opting Higher Studies

Dhaka, Dec 18: A Class 8 migrant worker  blindfolded his wife , taped her mouth and cut off all her five fingers to stop her from pursuing education for a degree in Bangladesh, The Times
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PTI 18 Dec 2011, 9:28:16 AM IST

Dhaka, Dec 18: A Class 8 migrant worker  blindfolded his wife , taped her mouth and cut off all her five fingers to stop her from pursuing education for a degree in Bangladesh, The Times reported.
 
The 30-year-old  jealous husband Rafiqul Islam is facing life  imprisonment.
 
Police said, Rafiqul Islam  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 '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 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 Salahuuddin, the Bangladesh police chief said that  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 Class 8  education, she was off to college to pursue higher studies,' said Salahuuddin.

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 country.

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.

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