MAILSI

The rescuers at last succeeded in fishing out the bodies of four sisters, who had committed suicide by jumping into Sidhnai-Mailsi Link Canal at Mailsi Siphon, after hectic struggle for 40 hours.

According to details, the bodies were recovered from Bailee and Kotla Kaim Khan areas of Khairpur Tamewali in district Bahawalpur.

According to details, five sisters namely Zeenat, Faiza, Nazia, Munira and Pamo (between 25 and 40), daughters of Bashir Ahmed, a resident of Mauza Hambalwala, Kehror Pakkha tehsil, committed suicide by jumping into the canal in sheer frustration over aging and their parents inability to get them married.

However, one of them Pamo was rescued by the onlookers who rushed to save her while the others drowned. As soon as the rescue and administration got information of the incident, they rushed to the scene and started search for the bodies. Their more than 40 hours struggle bore fruit and the bodies were recovered from different areas downstream in Tehsil Khairpur Tamewali.

Later, the family didn’t allow the administration to conduct autopsy of the girls.

On the other hand, there are different stories to tell about the incident but according to their relatives, the girls uncles Muhammad Ali and Ahsan Ali used to quarrel with their father Bashir Ahmad who did not agree to the marry his daughters. While his daughters and wife wanted their marriage in their own relatives.  Sources claimed that Bashir Ahmad had tortured his daughters several times for raising the issue of their marriage.

Meanwhile, quoting relatives, Mailsi DSP Daud Husnain said the girls were frustrated over inordinate delay in their marriage. Their father Bashir, who had earlier married off two of his seven daughters, had failed to arrange their marriage.

Mailsi Saddr Police SHO Mohammad Anwar said that though Bashir was a small farmer facing financial issues as well, his clan used to delay marriages of his girls for different reasons.

Pamo who returned to her senses late the other night, told the DSP that their father himself had contracted some secret marriages but least bothered to marry off his daughters.

Meanwhile Bashir denied that his daughters were going to their uncle in Bahawalpur. He said they had got money from him to visit the link canal for a picnic. It is to be noted that the ill-fated man had seven daughters and a son.

Meanwhile, Bashir’s wife along with his two daughters and son has left her house and settled with his brothers in nearby village Chah Pippalwala.