Zainab Bibi, 32, and her nephew, Zaheer Ahmed, 22, are accused of killing and cooking her husband, Ahmed Abbas. They were arrested Tuesday.
There are conflicting reports as to what happened between Bibi and her husband. Karachi police claim Bibi and her nephew killed Abbas, cut him into pieces and then tried to cook the pieces, reported CNN. Some reports claim she cooked qorma with his flesh. While one report claims she sedated her husband and strangled him with a rope, others state she stabbed him to death.
According to reports, the police were alerted when neighbors noticed a foul odor coming from the home. Bibi's landlord, Behzad, told police he saw several blood spots in the home.
Police reported finding slaughtered pieces of Abbas' body stuffed in a box and two bowls, which they believe Bibi was trying to use to cook her husband's pieces.
Bibi reportedly told ARY News that she did not regret her actions and that she killed her husband because he wanted a physical relationship with her 17-year-old daughter, Sonia. She had reportedly stopped him from molesting her on several occasions.
I killed my husband before he dared to touch my daughter, she told ARY News.
Bibi's daughter from her first husband went missing two days ago. She registered a missing child report with her husband at the police station. It is unclear if her disappearance is related to Abbas' alleged murder.
While Bibi's alleged reaction to her husband was extreme, it is not completely shocking considering the history of condoned violence against women in Pakistan.
According to an analysis, approximately 70 to 90 percent of Pakistani women are subjected to domestic violence, commonly including: honor killing, marital rape, acid attacks and being burned by family members.
Domestic violence is considered a family matter and women often face abuse with no escape. Spousal abuse is rarely considered a crime socially in Pakistan unless it ends in murder or attempted murder.
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