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Pak wife makes korma of husband

A forty-year-old Karachi woman is in police custody after being caught red-handed earlier this week cooking the remains of her dead husband. Karachi resident Zainab was caught by her landlord cooking korma with flesh chopped from her husband's arm and leg as she figured this was the only way to practically dispose of the body. Imtiaz Ahmad reports.

world Updated: Nov 26, 2011 01:31 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

A forty-year-old Karachi woman is in police custody after being caught red-handed earlier this week cooking the remains of her dead husband. Karachi resident Zainab was caught by her landlord cooking korma with flesh chopped from her husband's arm and leg as she figured this was the only way to practically dispose of the body.

The murder took place, says Zainab, because she wanted to protect the honour of her daughter from a previous marriage. For three months, Zainab has been living with her 17-year-old daughter Sonia from an, ex-husband, and her new husband Ahmed Abbas, whom she had married five years ago.

But she said Abbas was trying to molest Sonia and decided to take things in her own hands. So on Thursday, Abbas was served breakfast in which the tea was laced with sedatives. Once Abbas was unconscious, Zainab then strangled him to death. "After this I did not know what to do," she told the police in a statement.

"When he finally died, I felt shudders of fear for the first time," Zainab told a local newspaper. "I didn't have the courage to approach his body for the next half an hour."

"It occurred to me that if I cooked the body in parts with spices and aromatic ingredients that would curb the stench," she revea-led, adding that, "Later I had a plan to throw the stuff in a gutter."

Landlord, Behzad, was so perturbed by the cooking that he went upstairs to inquire. The scene that met his eyes has left him scarred for life, policemen said.

She had saved the rest of the body in a three-foot trunk which was later transferred by the police to a hospital for postmortem.