Muslim Bride Tells Her Horror Story in British Court

Muslim bride ‘beaten every day by husband and mother-in-law’ after being flown from Pakistan for arranged marriage

By Andrew Levy
5 August 2008 –

A young Muslim bride told a court she was treated like a slave after arriving in Britain following an arranged marriage.

Pakistani Sania Bibi, 20, claims she was forced to work 17-hour days cooking, cleaning and washing clothes for her husband’s family.

She said she was constantly beaten by her husband, who announced within days of her arrival that he planned to remarry and would make her look after his new bride’s children.

Giving evidence from behind a screen and with the aid of an interpreter, Mrs Bibi said her gruelling days lasted from 6am to 11pm.

‘I was told I had been brought here as a servant and I was told I had to do all the work,’ she said.

St Albans Crown Court heard Mrs Bibi had never seen her husband, Haroon Aktar, 28, before their wedding in northern Punjab on April 1, 2006.

It is alleged Aktar returned to the UK two weeks later without having consummated the marriage and his parents Zafia Bibi, 49, and Ali Aktar, 55, followed, taking jewellery their daughter-in-law had been given at the wedding.

Mrs Bibi travelled to Britain on September 7, 2006, and went to live with them in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

But she said on her arrival she discovered her husband’s two brothers, older sister and her three young children were also living in the house.

Her clothes and shoes were confiscated and she was given pyjamas as work clothes. She was only allowed to change into normal clothes when guests came.

She claimed she was never allowed to have any money and was banned from answering the door or using the phone.

The court heard Mrs Bibi and her husband had sex for the first three days following her arrival. But this suddenly stopped and she was moved into a box room where she slept on a sofa.

Within days, she alleges, she had been put to work for the entire family and the beatings began.

‘[My husband] said he had brought me here as a servant to work,’ she said.

‘He said “You are not good enough for me” and he would get married a second time and he would have children through his second marriage and I would have to take care of these children.’

The court heard the first beating happened as she was folding clothes a week after her arrival.

Haroon Aktar allegedly grabbed her by the hair and pushed her against a window before becoming abusive about her family and calling her brothers ‘bastards and dogs’.

The jury was told the beatings happened every day, usually before her husband went to work and on his return.

On one occasion Zafia Bibi allegedly became angry that the housework had not been done properly and called her son, who attacked his wife in the bathroom before throwing her down the stairs.

Mrs Bibi said she confided in relatives during a visit to Blackburn but they told her: ‘Now that you are married you have to stay there and it is family honour.

‘You belong to that family. You no longer belong to us.’

One her return, the court heard, one of her brother-in-laws threatened to send her back to Pakistan and her sister-in-law said she was going to be sent to a mental asylum where she would be given electric shocks.

She was finally expelled from the house early in 2007 when she was collected by a taxi and driven to her relatives’ home.

Proscutor George Heimler told the jury: ‘It was clear when she arrived in the UK she would work for her husband’s family.

‘She was given work to do. It was an austere and oppressive regime which involved many long hours.

‘She was regularly admonished for poor performance. Haroon told her he wanted to marry someone else. He punched her and slapped her and she lived in a climate of isolation and despondency.’

Haroon Aktar denies five charges of causing actual bodily harm. He and his mother deny putting a person in fear of violence between September 1, 2006, and January 9, 2007.

Mrs Bibi snr and Ali Aktar deny theft of Sania Bibi’s jewellery.

The case continues.

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52 Comments on “Muslim Bride Tells Her Horror Story in British Court”

  1. abbas Says:


    “Perhaps muslim men should be taught to be more respectful towards women and stop acting like humping dogs when they see a woman.”
    full clothing not only protect u from sexual eyes of peopl but also incease your beauty and respect.
    you will be following some code of life then therre is mention to show your body to others?(why your PADARY wears full clothes).short clothing is causing biggest problm if you ever notice.
    if not then pls note down will be clear?
    islam does not say you keep women in cave or under burden of weight.only importnt partsof body shouls be coverd.

  2. Ronin Says:

    This was never about ideology.

    The problem I have with islam is not based on its barbaric and backwards seventh century rules sets as much as I find the entire concept of a being called “allah” as ludicrous.

    Billons of stars and a super being demands respect from the humans on this insignificant rock? He is really that starved for attention? He has no power to enforce his “rules” so he picks the most violent and backward societies to do it for him? If your “allah” were real, he would be little more than a common punk. He only has the power you decide to give him. The most powerful being to ever live but yet I mock him daily and he cannot stop me. Know why? Because he was the invention of a seventh century criminal.

    Pull your head out of your seventh century ass and look around. Compare the leaps forward the entire world benefited from when Americans decided to test the limits of personal freedoms and explore. Compare that with islamic societies still stuck in the seventh century, totally dependant on other societies to keep them afloat. Islam is a proven failure.

  3. If allah had meant for women to cover up, he would have made them born with a huge flap of skin that they could just pull over themselves.

    Interesting that Adam and Eve were running around naked and that wasn’t a sin…

    Interesting that it wasn’t until AFTER Aisha was accused of committing adultery that allah decided to tell Muhammad that women should be covered…

    Interesting that allah revealed to Muhammad that his wives were not to take husbands after his death…

    Muhammad sounds like just another jealous control freak to me.

  4. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    “Muhammad sounds like just another jealous control freak to me.”

    Cult leaders usually are.

  5. Muslimah Says:

    Hello people. I just want to make some clarification that it is not indeed Islam that prohibits this kind of indecent behavior. Islam is in fact a religion of peace that practices good and piety to one’s wife. Thus, this behavior contradicts the religion. Just because one person causes trouble does not mean all people accept that one person’s behavior.

    • Leatherneck Says:


    • Ravina Says:

      islam a religon of foot..its a group of RAPISTS, Killers, looters, begers, Terrorists…criminals..and Jihadis.. its not RELIGION..( its not a religion..its a group of Dogs with rabies.. so its time to destroy it..

  6. islams not for me Says:


    Unfortunately there is a considerable amount of muslims who do such behavior. Other these wouldnt be needed.

    Islamic Ghost Shelters for Women

    by Azadeh Azad

    Muslim Women Who Become Homeless Have Limited Options

  7. sofia Says:

    Islam and what it stands for has been wrongly interpreted in so many ways. Islam teaches us to be kind and understading towards your wife to help and assist them to love and take care of your wife to protect and shield from harm, to provide for her even if your wife is earning her earnings are hers to keep for her personal use. “Above all treat your wife as an equal in every aspect”.
    I am a british born muslim woman whose family has been in britain since early 50’s.
    READ THE QORAN and you will find that Islam is not to blame. IT IS A SHAME PEOPLE DO NOT

    • tgusa Says:

      Too bad that those muslims who have interpreted everything wrong don’t give a damn what you think. You will lose your freedom, it will be taken from you. As I said, you will fall in line or you will be whipped into line. Read the Bible and do a comparison of your own…if you dare. Don’t let any of your pals know what you are doing though, they wouldn’t understand.

  8. islams not for me Says:


    Unfortunately reading the quran doesnt work because there are multiple sources of islam.


    and the list goes on…

    Islams culture is one that continues to abuse its women and you are unfortunately born into that system.

    Since you don’t believe we non muslim critics look here for islams own take on marriage.

    No problems here!
    February 13, 2007

    Is it acceptable to marry a girl who has not yet started her menses?
    FATWA: 12708

  9. Says:

    ASSALAM-O-ALAIKUM! to all my bro and sis and wishing a good day and right path to my non islamic friends.
    first that is not the issue that a backward person of PAKISTAN which is an ally country of USA shows the islam.
    we should first discuss that either burka,hijab or covering full clothes is bad for any women?
    why nuns do so?
    why the statue of maryum worn full clothes?
    if its 7th century old freak then nuns and statue of maryum should be in bikinis, skirt or u say complete porn 🙂
    sour but true.

    • Ronin Says:

      Another lie. Pakistan has an almost zero conviction rate for rape and honor crimes. Having laws and using them to arrest criminals are two different things. Not arresting criminals is passive support and passive support is still support.

      You do not want to play the porn game here, what a woman wears does not give anyone the right to abuse her.

      I can list thousands of porn sites in arabic, apparently you pedophile worshipers are big on that trash. I have traveled through my share of islamic countries and the women love American men. As soon as they can sneak away from their husbands their legs open faster than a pakastani can lie about being an ally.

      • Gonzo Says:

        To Ronin,
        LOL, Ouch. Truth has gotta hurt.
        I saw an article that mentioned the two places where porn was most viewed. Mideast areas come in first by far. I believe the mormon areas of Utah came in second. It seems that the more religiously uptight a culture becomes, the more prone to sexual deviant behavior.

    • Gonzo Says:

      funny thing there irfansalfi, it would seem that in many western parts of the world, women and men can co-mingle in bathing suits and women are not jumped on and raped like they would be in the mideast. In parts of Europe, it is only mideast muslim immigrants raping all their women. So why is it that men from other cultures can be around women who are not in burqua’s, yet are able to control themselves and not go in to some sex crazed frenzy, and then blame the woman? Its simple there Skippy, because islam has indoctrinated its people to cast men as subjugates over women, and women as being the source of evil – an evil that must be controlled via invisible cloaking and acts of physical violence. Islam further demonizes women by holding them in contempt and punishment for being victims (rape victims are lashed or murdered as adulterers). islam does not honor women, it demonizes them.

  10. Says:

    one of my friend abuse Allah that he is nothin.
    my friend Allah is our God and he teaches us not to abuse ones other god,
    compare neutraly the teaching of our Allah with urz god.
    one my friend say abuse to our Prophet Muhammad PBUH no problem for us my brother, its shos tat u hav great gelousy for our religion the religion of Jesus,Moses,Ibraham,Issac,Noah,Adam etc as we know that we have the only rite path it is QURAN fm ALLAH but sorry to say u have hundreds of BIBLE edition which 1is rite

    • Gonzo Says:

      Two lies.
      most of quran chapter 9 is about slaughtering believers of other religions. (I too read your book of hate and violence – quran). All through out the quran is calls to violence. I know well the tenant that where there is contradiction, it is the last chronological statement that counts – which chapter 9 is the very last.

      As for your comment that people showing contempt for P.Muhammad is ok with muslims is yet another lie. Salmon Rushdie, the danish cartoons, and an immeasurable number of victims of muslim outrage over the slightest offense toward islam, (perceived or even simply suggested), prove otherwise. Death sentences or imprisonment in two dozen countries just for those who wish to leave islam, (the ultimate insult), is yet more undeniable proof of the intolerance of islam.

  11. Says:

    one of my brother abuse Mother Ayesha for adultry,
    well according to islam its only a false rule by the jews and munafaykins,
    our religion teaches us not to point out some lady as she commit adultry as u have to come with 3people who gave their oath that they saw him on doing adultry,
    and if one fails to produce victims he should be beaten up by 70durras,leather type stick for falsifying.
    u can easily check it that islam favours women and defend her modesty at that level that 1man be prosecuted

    • Ronin Says:

      Greetings pedophile worshiper,

      I deleted your off topic comments via our rules but I will answer this one as it is always easy to expose a lair.

      Ayesha was a slut, she cheated on mohammed and he changed the rules with a sudden unexpected revelation about her innocence so he would not have to murder her. I read your damned book.

      The need for multiple witnesses is just plan stupid, how can you defend that a woman is only a victim if four men say so? Maybe muslim women are just stupid and do not know what happened to them. Here in America a womans word is equal to a mans. That has sent countless criminals to prison.

      Like everything islam the rules only benefit male pedophile worshipers. You will find out like all the other hundreds of minions that visit here, it is not our lack of knowledge of islam that will bother you but our knowledge. Take your lies elsewhere.

    • Gonzo Says:

      Ooooh Skippy. It was not the Jews who rushed to change Allah’s message, it was Allah himself:

      Allah to P.Muhammad, letting him break the rules about who he can have sex with -“You may put off whom you please of them, and you may take to you whom you please, and whom you desire of those whom you had separated provisionally; no blame attaches to you; this is most proper, so that their eyes may be cool and they may not grieve, and that they should be pleased,all of them with what you give them, and Allah knows what is in your hearts;and Allah is Knowing, Forbearing.”
      (Quran 33:51)
      This *urgency* of Allah to please his master Muhammad was once noticed by his child wife Aisha who sarcastically said
      “O Allah’s Apostle! I do not see,but, that your Lord hurries in pleasing you.”

      Narrated Hisham’s father: Khaula bint Hakim was one of those ladies who presented themselves to the Prophet for marriage. ‘Aisha said, “Doesn’t alady feel ashamed for presenting herself to a man?” But when the Verse: “(OMuhammad) You may postpone (the turn of) any of them (your wives) that you please,’ (33.51) was revealed, ” ‘Aisha said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! I do not see, but, that your Lord hurries in pleasing you.’ ”
      (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7,Book 62, Number 48

      So, are you the liar, or is the Quran corrupt?

  12. islams not for me Says:

    To say that the hijab and burkah have anything to do with the catholic habit has anything to do with each other is laughable.

    Feel free to see what a nun wears smartass.

    Since a muslima is not required to stay unmarried. Your compairson is flawed.

    Even wearing a hijab or burkah your muslima ‘sisters’ still can be raped and molested by your own ‘brothers’ and you think that your system has solved that? good luck

  13. islams not for me Says:


    one of my friend abuse Allah that he is nothin.
    my friend Allah is our God and he teaches us not to abuse ones other god, compare neutraly the teaching of our Allah with urz god.
    one my friend say abuse to our Prophet Muhammad PBUH no problem for us my brother, its shos tat u hav great gelousy for our religion the religion of Jesus,Moses,Ibraham,Issac,Noah,Adam etc as we know that we have the only rite path it is QURAN fm ALLAH but sorry to say u have hundreds of BIBLE edition which 1is rite”

    1 allah is your god not mine.

    2 lies… your god tells you in the quran that islam is to take out / kill all other religions. In viewing history from the non muslim POV the middle east was once pagan, Jewish, Christian and more and you stupid moslesm invaded and killed all other religions replacing them with a criminal theocracy.

    3 IF I want to call muhammad names its because I dislike what he told you moslems. I dislike the Theocratic system that you moslems belong to. And frankly the whole laughable and twisted religion that you people claim is from Ilah is sick. There is nothing you moslems have that I am ‘jealous’ of nor is it from the Torah or Bible.

    4 Is the quran understandable and usuable? Not likely:

    Is the Quran Preserved?

    Qur’an Versions

    Continue on in your deilusions it will not save you.

  14. shaheer Says:

    everything is going to be decided for everyone as allah SWT is there.. and he will punish those who did wrong on the day of judgement to everyone.. we dont need to fight here..all people even me will be questioned ready..

  15. Am ready for Gods judgment shaheer but it is not allah who will judge me…

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