So many women trapped in abusive marriages have reached out to me, says Fatima Sohail
Actor Mohsin Abbas Haider's wife, Fatima Sohail has responded to what he had to say during his press conference yesterday, in which he denied the domestic abuse allegations levelled against him.
Fatima then also placed her hand on the Holy Quran and said: "My pictures are real; Mohsin had hit me when I was 3 months pregnant. I had never thought I'd get a police case registered, I waited until the birth of my son. He would not only abuse me physically but also mentally by talking to his girlfriend, by swearing at me. I left to go to my mother's house to save my life and he's deeming that as a separation."
"I got slapped on the third or fourth day of our marriage and Dua Malik is a witness to that. I was enduring it all quietly, I was keeping the people from within the industry who knew like Gohar Rasheed and Hamza Ali Abbasi silent because it was a love marriage, I wanted to save my home. He says I fell down the stairs. Why did I not go to a doctor if I fell down the stairs during pregnancy? I was slapped so hard, I couldn't even open my mouth to speak."
Fatima started off her press conference saying that Mohsin, who had mentioned in his presser that he had just come from giving his statement at the police station, did not do so. She said she spoke to the SHO who told her that Mohsin had recorded no statement at the station.
"He is now twisting his words around, saying I was sitting in the car and my lawyers went inside. When he came to the station today, for the first time in my life, I wasn't scared of this man. Otherwise, I would be sitting in fear, that he'd start beating me."
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She also shared her medical report from the November 2018 incident on her Instagram stories:
"Now that Mohsin sees he’s got no way out, no evidence, he is trying to patch up with me but that is not going to happen. I can not have my baby around such a dangerous man nor do I want to live with him anymore."
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Fatima added that the situation has now become bigger than just her case: "I've received numerous calls and messages from other women saying they are in my shoes but don't know how to take a stand against their abusive husbands. Women are forced to leave work so they're scared because of the financial dependence on men."
At the meeting, the chairperson of Punjab Women Protection Authority, Fatima Chaddar said that Sohail would get all the legal protection that she needed, adding that her case has reached the chief minister and she would receive justice.