AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
LAHORE: A barber in rural Pakistan was recovering in hospital after being horrifically mutilated over a relationship with a married woman from an influential local family, police said today. Officers said Yousaf Khan, 32, was kidnapped by seven members of a landowning family who gouged his eyes with a sharp knife before slitting his ears, nose, lips and tongue.
The bloody incident took place on Tuesday in Mirzapur village in Okara district, around 120 km east of Lahore, the main city of Pakistan’s central Punjab province. “Yousaf Khan was blamed for an illicit relationship with a woman. We have arrested five culprits,” Khaliq Riaz, a police officer involved in the investigation, told AFP over the phone.
Riaz said he hoped a man and a woman also involved in the grisly incident would soon be arrested. “The family said they had several times warned Yousaf over the illicit relations and they were forced to take this extreme step to punish the barber,” Riaz said, adding that the affair had apparently been going on between Khan and the 25-year-old woman for two years.
Sanaullah, an officer in the district police chief’s office who goes by only one name, confirmed the incident.