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Girls abused by father in UAE wish to go to school

Mother is seeking a decent and respectful life for her daughters

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 15:42 July 17, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • A mother with her five daughters, who were tortured by their father.

Dubai: The 35-year-old father, M.Sh., who allegedly tortured his five daughters regularly for a period of one month when their mother was away in Jordan in June, is currently in police custody at the Ajman Central Jail on allegations of torturing his daughters and endangering their lives, a source from Ajman Police told Gulf News. Until his arrest, M. Sh. was working as a jail warden at the Sharjah prison.

The suspect’s two sisters are in jail too for abetting the suspect pending the results of the prosecution investigation. The three suspects allegedly tortured the five girls.

The five daughters, aged between 10 and 16, said that they were overwhelmed by the reaction of Gulf News readers who expressed their sympathy, with some of the readers pledging to support the family to lead a normal life.

The mother of the five girls, who uncovered the incident and brought it to the notice of the police, told Gulf News the family was looking forward to seeing an end to the dilemma and that the girls would like to join a school in September after they dropped out for one year when they were under the custody of their father.

The mother, identified as I.M., expressed her thanks to all those who called her in support of her daughters and said all that she wanted at this moment was to make sure the ordeal of her daughters is over and whatever pain they went through will never happen again so that they can lead a normal life like any child their age.

The 33-year-old woman recalled that the moment she got married to her ex-husband when she was 16 her life changed and turned into hell.

“My wedding day was in 1994 in Jordan, I got engaged to my husband when I was only 15 and I had my first baby when I was 16,” said I.M.

“It was an arranged marriage. I travelled with my ex-husband to live in the UAE soon after marriage,” she told Gulf News.

She said her ex-husband had been working with Sharjah Police even before they got married. “My eldest daughter was born in 1997 and the father and his family were not happy with me having a baby girl,” she said. She said her life was hard as her husband used to earn Dh7,000 a month and she tried to work to support her family but her husband used to take away all her money, leaving nothing for her and for her daughters.

“When I came to the UAE with my ex-husband we settled down in Ajman where I lived for 18 years,” she said.

I.M. said that after giving birth to the last daughter her life turned into hell.

“My ex-husband was very cruel. He used to abuse me and my daughters, especially after I gave birth to the fifth daughter,” she alleged.

I.M. said that her husband used to beat her till she bled. “My daughters used to go to school but later on their father stopped sending them to school,” she said. I.M. said that she was not even allowed to go to see a doctor if she was sick. “I lost all my teeth because I was not able to visit a doctor due to the lack of money,” she said. She said her daughters also needed to see a doctor for treatment.

“I do not want my daughters to live the life I lived. I wish that I can afford a proper and decent life for them,” she said.

She said her husband used to lock the door when he went out. “He used to beat us mercilessly in front of his family members,” she said.

I.M. said that her ex-husband divorced her in a Sharjah court eight years ago but subsequently remarried her.

“Since I had no place to go and no family to support me I was forced to continue my life with him,” she said.

I.M. said that when her e-husband used to beat her, the daughters used to cry, trying to protect their mother, but their father used to beat them with ropes, sticks and bang their heads against walls and the floor.

The mother said that four months ago an Ajman court granted her a divorce.

“Four months ago my ex-husband beat me up severely and police said that I should file complain against him to put him behind bars but I said I do not want anything I just want to get divorce and go to Jordan,” she said.

I.M, said that she got a divorce again from an Ajman court four months ago. “Police forced him to stay away till I leave the country but even after the divorce he came back home and he forced me to have sexual relations with him,” she said.

She said that her ex-husband started beating her again in front of her daughters, pulling her by her hair to the room and forcing her to have sex with him despite the fact that they were officially divorced.

“My life is hell. I wish I can have a respectful and proper life,” she said.

She said that she took her daughters to Jordan.

“I have no one to support me and my five daughters back home,” she said.

She said that the Ajman court told the husband that he should send his daughters Dh2,000 per month but he never did.

“I was forced to send my daughters back to their father where he started torturing them day and night,” she said.

I.M, said that her daughters are scared to death of their father.

The terrified girls said that their father would kill them as he and his two sisters used to threaten them with a knife, saying that he will slaughter them.

“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 to find out 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.

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 about their father and his sisters.

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

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

The mother who came to the UAE on a tourist visa says her visa has expired.

“I cannot go back home with my daughters because I cannot support them by myself. I wish I can find a proper job, even as a cleaner in a school, to support my daughters,” she said.

Comments (12)

  1. Added 14:00 July 18, 2013

    I am a constant reader of Gulf News online and in the recent times many news surrounding this events are getting highlighted. There is nothing above humanity and its being attacked very severely in the material chase by the society. I am an Indian expatriate and i owe my respect to UAE which has taken care of me and my family over the years. Media is the hero in today's world and i would suggest that Gulf news sets up a fund raiser for these expatriates who suffers at no mistake of them. I am sure myself and many friends in UAE will come forward to contribute what we can to help these innocents. Mankind has the power to travel beyond .....

    Ajith Kumar Pillai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:40 July 18, 2013

    It's good that at last these the children have done it to escape the barbaric man& his sisters’ cruelty and to find justice thru Police. The Government of Sharjah should take cognizance and settle favourably to the children and to the mother also. Even if he may not have liked her anymore. it doesn't mean that he can commit evils to his own children. He should have acted justfuly. Either he should have sent them with the mother or brought them up honestly at least till an age when they can take care of their own life or else settle them permanently with a part of his earnings as he was a reason for those children. Now that's not happened. Not only he had showed his cruel mind, his sisters too have acted ferociously … Truly God from heavens will grant a good life, in future. I pray that will happen. y. The Rulers, the authority and the Courts will settle the matter with justice…

    KCP, Bangalore, India

  3. Added 13:29 July 18, 2013

    I could feel the pain in their heart when i read this, how could as a father and an aunts treat their own blood like that. even an animal knows how to love their own kinds. This man had forgotten the existence of God and failed to respect his creations, i pray that someday his heart will be changed ..the evil had empowered him ... there might be so many more out there with a cold-stoned heart ..lets pray for them instead. May God help them (mother & daughters).

    rebecca, sharjah, India

  4. Added 12:55 July 18, 2013

    It's so painful to read this news. I can't imagine who they faced it.

    Ghazal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:52 July 18, 2013

    When i read the contents of this article it gives a clear message to all The father's who indulge and act in such a manner with the children and Spouse that one day everything will come to the limelight. This sort of Humans have to be given the maximum punishment from the police and Thereafter to put him in the jail. I hope in this holy month of ramadan Some well wishers and philanthropist will come forward to assist this Poor family. Dear parents kindly keep one thing in your mind because of Husband and wife problems do not punish or take revenge from the Innocent children. This happens in many families and have to be stopped.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM, BUR DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:16 July 18, 2013

    May Allah give these innocent souls strength and hope to move forward in their lives. May life become very prosperous for them. I am sure their so called father and sisters face a punishment. My heart goes out to the mother.

    Amna Manzoor, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:06 July 18, 2013

    Dear All Readers, Thanks for the kindness and prayers for this family , but as iam the one of the first person who contacted this family to help them, but what i found today is that still this family dont receives much help to have better life in uae , so kindly people contribute as much you can together with prayers. That will really help them and it matters.

    shinas, Sharjah, India

  8. Added 11:04 July 18, 2013

    This is heights of inhuman behavior. I have faith in UAE police that these innocents will see the justice. It is heart breaking.

    Syed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:16 July 18, 2013

    How can a person be such cruel and inhuman... let this person rot in jail until he get back to his senses. May Allah help the lady and her daughters, Indeed Allah is best provider .

    Imad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:11 July 18, 2013

    I think the problem starts from the beginning. Why she agree to marry this man? Who forced her to do that? She and her daugthers will suffer for their life. The father is mentaly sick in the way he tourcured his own daugher and their mother. That is horrible to all of them.

    Isam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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