A man was beaten outside a courtroom in Gujranwala on Wednesday by his two ex-wives.
According to Pakistan's Express Tribune, the man (identified as Adnan) was attacked by the sisters for allegedly kidnapping their youngest sister and forcing her into marriage. Moments before the beating occurred, Judge Mansoor Ahmed Khan dismissed an appeal filed by the bride's father, Muhammad Riaz, and ruled in favor of the marriage after hearing the bride (identified as Anum) say she married Adnan of her own free will and was not forced.
As the newlyweds were exiting the courtroom, the bride's father and two sisters attempted to separate her from her husband. When she refused, her father and two sisters turned on Adnan.
According to reports, bricks from a nearby construction site were used in the beating. Adnan escaped and was aided by relatives and police. Six years prior, the man had married the oldest sister, Tabassum. They split after her father allegedly lived in Adnan's house unlawfully. Riaz then offered his second daughter Tehmina in marriage to Adnan to settle the conflict, which he accepted.
However, three years into the marriage, Adnan claimed Riaz demanded either he pay $1,500 (Rs.200, 000) or divorce Tehmina. Adnan also claimed Riaz allegedly threatened to file a fabricated case against him if he refused to pay. Adnan divorced Tehmina because he could not afford the money.
Riaz denied his son-in-law's claims and said Adnan divorced his two daughters because he could not pay their dowry. When he discovered Adnan had married his third daughter, Riaz filed kidnapping charges against him in January. Although she denied being kidnapped or forced to marry her husband, Riaz is said to be concerned for his third daughter. There are no reports as to whether charges will be filed against Riaz and his two daughters for the beating.