A family protested against the police apathy for not taking a legal action against a man who, with the connivance of his female accomplice, abducted the wife of a labourer and later married her without divorce at village Bhatta Wahan.

Muhammad Aslam told the media that he was out of the city for earning a living. Meanwhile, M Iqbal kidnapped his wife Nighat from the house of his in-laws, he alleged. He detailed that Raheeman Mai, under the guise of some work, enticed away Nighat from the house to a place where Iqbal forcibly jolted his wife into a vehicle and abducted her. Present on the occasion, M Siddiq tried to foil the abduction bid but the accused managed to escaped with the victim, he added.

The complainant further said that though a case had been registered against the accused with Saddar Police Station but the police were unwilling to arrest the accused in this case as they were being patronised by influential landlords of the area.

He said that Iqbal had married his wife against the Shariah forcibly. Protesting along with his family members, the abductee’s father, Wazir Ahmad, said that the police were siding with the “abductors”.

He appealed to the authorities concerned to ensure provision of justice to his family.