UK: Wife in arranged marriage had to eat food from trash bin, Muslim husband told her she was too ‘fat and lazy’ to eat


This kind of treatment comes from Islamic culture and mores. If a man should beat a disobedient woman (as Quran 4:34 directs), then why shouldn’t a Muslim husband starve his wife whom he thinks is too fat? Note that his first wife also suffered, as he was asked during court proceedings: “How do you feel now knowing that the two women who have loved you felt they were going to die as a result of your actions?” This was how he was raised to treat women. And now that the UK has been inundated with Muslim migrants and has established, growing, and increasingly aggressive Muslim communities, there will be much, much more of this.

“Starving wife, 37, was forced to take food from the BIN because her abusive husband, 57, from an arranged marriage told her she was too ‘fat and lazy’ to eat,” by Rod Ardehali, Mailonline, March 29, 2018:

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An abusive driving instructor from Pakistan starved his arranged bride until she was forced to eat scraps from the bin and pressured her into weekly ‘weigh-ins’.

Tanveer Ghani of Anglesey, North Wales, who was found guilty of coercive behaviour towards Farzana Kauser, 37, measured her every Sunday to monitor her weight.

The 57-year-old married the Ms Kauser at a ceremony in Pakistan in 2015 but she did not move to Wales until 2017 following visa delays.

LLandudno district court judge said during their three month time together she had been subject to emotional and financial abuse, including the ritual of ‘weigh-ins and measurements’ because of his constant demands about her weight.

Giving evidence in Urdu through an interpreter, Ms Kauser said Ghani controlled what she ate and sometimes she was so hungry she would eat scraps from the bin.

The judge said there would be Sunday weigh-ins and her weight became such an issue ‘that she questioned her own sanity.’

Ghani told the court he was born in Lahore, came to this country as a teenager and became a driving instructor in 1993.

After his partner of 30 years, Iona Roberts, left him his sister-in-law persuaded him to re-marry.

‘She said ‘this girl is very honest, loyal and guaranteed spot-on,’ he recalled. ‘I suddenly got calls from Farzana’. In September 2015 they were married in Pakistan.

‘The intention was to meet her first before I actually married but this did not happen.’

However they had a 13-day honeymoon and were very happy.

He told his barrister, Matthew Curtis, he was not concerned about her appearance and ‘I loved her the way she was.’

He added: ‘This was a love marriage so far as I was concerned. I never put any restriction on her food, never shouted, called her names or raised my voice.

‘We got on great and she could go out any time and leave the house. I had no idea whether she monitored her weight and never put her on scales or measured her waist.

‘She would peck me on the cheek when I came through the door from work.

‘As far as I was concerned everything was working out. But when she put too much spice in the food I suggested she should stay with my sister and reduce her spice.

‘She would send me text messages rather than say anything to my face.’

He went on: ‘We would talk about our future together. I was hoping to have a bungalow which would be our own home.

‘She showed no signs of being unhappy. She wanted to be my soul mate and that was what I wanted.’

But Jo Maxwell, the prosecuting barrister, read abusive text messages Ghani had sent to his wife while she was still in Pakistan, in one of which he’d called her fat and lazy.

In another he’d said ‘just divorce now, I do not want you.’ Ghani replied that he could not remember this.

Miss Maxwell read a reply in which Miss Kauser had written : ‘Honey, I will lose weight, I’m doing my best but please do not punish me.’

If he had ever called her ‘a fat cow,’ he maintained, it was when they were having a laugh.

Miss Maxwell mentioned that Iona Roberts had given evidence about his controlling behaviour towards her.

‘How do you feel now knowing that the two women who have loved you felt they were going to die as a result of your actions?’ asked Miss Maxwell.

Ghani replied : ‘I did nothing to either one of them.’

The barrister said both women had been subjected to ‘humiliation and intimidation.’…

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