Husband cuts off wife’s hand to stop her from studying

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A jealous husband is now facing life in prison for chopping off his wife’s fingers because she refused to stop her education as he instructed.

The man, Rafiqul Islam, 30, reportedly blindfolded his wife Hawa Akhter, 21, taped her mouth in the pretense of trying to surprise her only to cut off all five fingers. Ms. Akhter’s fingers were then thrown into the dustbin by one of his relatives to ensure doctors could not reattach them.

Mr. Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned her of the severe consequences should she not listen to him and upon getting ‘back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me,’ Ms. 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 Saluddin, the Bangladesh police chief said that Mr. 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. Ms. 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.

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