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Groom beaten at own wedding after first wife shows up with their child

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A groom was assaulted at his own wedding after his first wife showed up with their child and informed the bride that he was previously married to her and another woman as well.

According to BBC, Asif Rafiq Siddiqi was slapped, shoved, his pants and shirt torn by the angered crowd following the shocking revelation.

While polygamy is legal in Pakistan and a man can marry up to four wives, he must first get the consent of his wives before acquiring a new wife.

Wedding banquet interrupted

After Asif failed to honour this critical step, an enraged woman and her family stormed the wedding banquet in Karachi, Pakistan’s most populous city.

In a video of the event, one of the bride’s relative is heard inquiring from the angry woman what the matter is.

The woman, identified as Madiha Siddiqi went ahead to reveal that Asaf is her husband, saying that he had lied to her he was travelling for three days.

“He is my husband, and he is the father of this child. He told me he was going to Hyderabad for three days,” she claimed, before introducing more people she claimed to be her relatives.

“That is my mother-in-law and that is my jethani (sister-in-law), who said her mother had been sick for three days and was on IV drips.

“Didn’t you know that he was my husband? He didn’t even think about this innocent child,” she confronted the bride.

According to Siddiqi, she met the groom at Karachi’s Federal Urdu University where he works and they tied the knot in 2016.

A woman claiming to be the first of his three wives interrupted the wedding. Photo: Courtesy.

Repeat offender

Siddiqi further claimed that it was not the first time Asaf was marrying behind her back as in 2018, he married his second wife, Zehra Ashraf secretly. She said that she had learned of the marriage through a text message from his second wife.

It was also Ashraf who informed her of the third marriage, sending her seething with rage to the wedding.

Beaten

The bride’s incensed relatives pounced on the groom and beat him up before police rescued him and took him to a local police station.

However, the bride’s family followed him and lay waiting outside the police station.

As soon as Siddiqi emerged, the relatives pounced on him, prompting him to seek refuge under a bus.

Video from the scene show the bride’s family threatening to burn the bus lest the cowering groom comes out.

He was rescued from the angry mob by unknown persons.

Speaking to BBC, a police officer said that a formal complaint was yet to be filed.

“It is a family matter, and the complainants need to go the family court to settle their issues,” he said.

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The life lessons I learnt from a brief stay with my grandfather

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With the schools closed, my parents got tired of me and my three siblings quarrelling and sent us to the village to stay with my grandparents.

More than any book or class, this visit taught me so much about appreciating what I have in my life and being open to the differences that I was blind to.

I protested going to the village at first, but now I am happy I did.

I had never liked being around my grandfather for so long because he is such a strict disciplinarian.

However, staying around him taught me why he is the way he is. He taught me about the value of hard work and integrity.

My grandfather is not one to stand lazy and idle people. So he taught me that I needed to structure my day to the tasks I needed to accomplish and spend time in the evening enjoying leisure.

So in this plan, we wake up in the morning to sweep the compound clean. My sisters then join my grandmother in the kitchen to make breakfast, as my brother and I help grandfather feed the cows before milking them.

Tending the animals

After breakfast, we would all go to the farm to weed. The afternoons were more of reading and playing. My brother soon gravitated towards tending the animals while I enjoyed working on the farm with my grandmother.

I also loved fetching water from the stream. We then spent the evening watching television to catch up with the news.

The discipline also made us more mindful about how our lives affected others, even when no one was watching.

We carried enough sanitisers and face masks to last us the duration of our imposed stay. We were careful because our grandparents were at that age of being vulnerable to the virus.

I noticed that many villagers were sceptical of the existence of Covid-19. They argued and dismissed the global pandemic as a hoax.

Some said they were yet to see anyone who had succumbed to the virus. Some were really tickled to see us donning face masks all the time, but we stayed true to the act knowing my grandparents’ lives depended on it.

This is how my grandfather raised my father and his eight siblings, and I am happy I got to learn this.

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Foul smell leads to recovery of couple

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

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