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Father tortured his daughters and burnt them with cigarette butts

Jail warden and his two sisters arrested for abusing and torturing his five daughters

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 22:00 July 13, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • A mother with her five daughters, who were tortured by their father.
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Ajman: Five girls aged 10 to 16 had their bodies burnt with cigarette butts, noses broken and heads hit against the wall and floor during a horrific campaign of alleged abuse by their father and his two sisters, according to police reports.

Police told Gulf News that the 35-year-old Jordanian father and other members of his family, including his two sisters, were arrested on orders from the Ajman public prosecutor in connection with the torture of his five daughters.

Police said that according to police reports the girls were forced to kneel naked on the floor while the father and his sisters burnt them with cigarette butts, beat them with ropes and sticks and pierced their skin with needles.

The girls told public prosecution how they were bound and silenced, and forced into physically exhausting positions for extended periods of time.

The underfed sisters’ unbelievable ordeal came to light late last month when their divorced mother came to the UAE from Jordan to see her daughters after they sent her text messages via mobile phone about their father and his sisters who were torturing them day and night.

The police forensic laboratory report shows scars, bruises and burns on different parts of the bodies of the five sisters.

The girls’ father, identified as M.Sh, who has been working as a jail warden at Sharjah Police for more than 12 years, was arrested 20 days ago following the discovery of the girls’ torture.

Police said the two sisters of the man, identified as H.Sh., who is a divorcee, and L.Sh., who is married, who aided him in torturing the girls were also arrested.

The victims’ mother, identified as I.M., told Gulf News that she lived with her ex-husband for 18 years before she got a divorced from Ajman court four months ago.

“I married M.Sh. when I was only 16 and I’m 33 now. He used to beat me up day and night and he used to treat us as if we were prisoners under his control,” she said.

“After we got married we came to live here and all my daughters were born here,” she said.

“My youngest daughter is 10 and my other daughters are 11,14,15 and 16.”

I.M. said that her husband used to beat her till she bled and he used to force her to stand for hours on one leg. He also used to force her and her daughters to hold suitcases on their back and to kneel and stand up several times for hours.

“He never allowed us to visit a doctor till I lost all my teeth,” she said.

She said her ex-husband hates her and his daughters.

“My ex-husband blamed me for not having a son,” she said.

She said that a few days before she got her divorce he beat her and her daughters severely and then locked the main door of the house and left.

“I managed to reach the window and I saw Indian man on the street. I asked him to call the police,” she said.

She said the man came back with policewomen and policemen who released her and her daughters and called the husband.

“Police forced him to stay away till I got a divorce and I left for Jordan with my daughters,” she said.

I.M. said that she came from a poor family and her father passed away a long time ago and there was no one back home to support her and her daughters.

“For two months the father never sent any money for his daughters and I could barely survive so I decided to send them back to their father in the UAE so he could support them financially,” he said.

I.M. said that her daughters used to SMS her, asking her to come back to take them away because their father and his sisters were torturing them.

“I came back here to help my daughters and I obtained a tourist visa after borrowing money from family members back home,” she said.

I.M. said that when she arrived here she was arrested at the airport because her ex-husband had filed a case against her accusing her of attempting to commit adultery with his friend when they were married.

“I was taken to Al Nuamiya police station where I was recognised and they were aware of my ordeal,” she said.

The case was transferred to the public prosecution who closed the case due to insufficient evidence.

“I slept on Ajman beach for two days waiting to see my daughters,” she said.

She said when her ex-husband went to work she went to see her daughters.

“I saw my daughters burnt with cigarette butts, and there were bruises and scars on their body. So I went back to the public prosecutor who sent them for a medical check and ordered the arrest of their father and his sisters,” she said

The girls are not going to school and they said that they are scared from their father and his sisters.

“We do not want to see our father again. He beat us severely. He and his sisters used to force us to stay naked and they used to search our bodies including our private parts to find if we had a SIM card which we were using to communicate with our mother,” one of the terrified girls said.

“We used to stay without water and food,” said the girl.

I.M, has no place to go and no money to survive. The case is still with the Ajman public prosecution.

Comments (83)

  1. Added 17:08 July 14, 2013

    I felt very sad about the poor girl and their unfortunate mother. Give them some ever lasting severe punishment The guilty father and his two sisters should feel shame in their whole life make their social boycott. Generous people should give these kids protection and sponsorship in the month of Ramadan Allah will be pleased from your act.

    Shaikh Mohammad Qureshi, Mumbai, India

  2. Added 17:05 July 14, 2013

    Really sad. Hope they get justice and some help. Willing to help them after reading such an ordeal.

    S. Singh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:03 July 14, 2013

    This is too much ... finally God has seen their tears...I cant even think about it. this kind of people still in this world..

    Jake, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:01 July 14, 2013

    Capital Punishment For This Animal And His Sisters Please. Furthermore, i would like to help the family. I request Gulf News to give the contact info on urgent basis. Many Thanks.

    A Niazi, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:44 July 14, 2013

    The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was always pleased to see parents loving and caressing their children. He once said, “When Allah blesses people with children, and they give their children love and meet their parental obligation, Allah keeps them safe from the fires of Hell.”

    JuNoOn, Doha, Qatar

  6. Added 16:32 July 14, 2013

    I swear with the blessings of holy month of Ramadan, the brutal father and his sisters will be punished by God and no body can help them. Also these poor kids have a better future awaiting. May God bless all of us.

    Ahmad Saleem, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:09 July 14, 2013

    Scientifically its proved that its da MAN who's genetic is determining the MALE or FEMALE birth...Don't blame it on WOMEN....

    Arif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:57 July 14, 2013

    I am a father of 2 daughters and a son but I cannot accept a man to punish his wife for not giving him a son, I wish for this man to be severely punished so that he can regret his actions. Who are you to decide which gender is better than the other? You better know that in today's world women are the most contributors to their families than man. This man will even regret more in the future to see his daughers grown-up and In Shaa Allah GOD will guide them to successfull life.

    Mohammad Aziz Jahdhami, Muscat, Oman

  9. Added 15:56 July 14, 2013

    Ya Allah help them and there kids with peace ad happiness... Ameen ....summa Ameen...........

    Abdul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:53 July 14, 2013

    This is really a tearful story! May Allah give patience to the victims and punish the culprit among his two sisters who were equally responsible for such inhuman act. Government must take severe action against them so that any person should think million times at least if he is not a human too. May Allah give us intelligence to take up advantage of an opportunity by giving rightful Zakat to the needy people.

    Abdul Rahim Solanki, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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