Hapless Romeo Abdul Baqi was blinded by religion. Literally.
A man’s eyes were gouged out by his father and brothers after he expressed his desire to marry of his own free-will in Naseerabad area of Loralai district on Sunday. … According to sources, Abdul Baqi was subjected to torture with his eyes being gouged out by his father and brothers over showing interest in marrying a girl, who belongs to the Duki area.
Detailing his ordeal, Baqi said, “They [father and brothers] locked my mother in another room and tied me up with a rope. Then they gouged my eyes out with a spoon and chopped them to pieces with a knife.”
He further said, “I liked a girl from Duki. My father and brothers were not happy with my choice. They often used to tell me that they will never allow me to marry a girl who keeps chatting on the mobile phone with me. They told me that they were ‘mullas’ (religious men) and cannot bear such a relation.”
Another account quotes Baqi as saying
“My father used the back of a spoon to take out my first eye. I saw my eye dangling out of the socket. He then used a knife to cut the veins.”
I think he means the optic nerve.
“When they removed my first eye, I requested them to leave me now but they didn’t listen to me at all and removed the other one as well. After they finished, I pleaded to them to please kill me but they replied they want me be an example for other boys in the village.”
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