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Interview 4: MADHURI SOCHI

Name: MADHURI SOCHI
Age: 17
Date: 2 March 2015
Location: Hyderabad, Sindh
 

Madhuri, an Urdu-only-speaking Sindhi girl, like the other victims interviewed, comes from an economically-depressed background. She lives in Hyderabad, the second largest city in Sindh, about two-hour's drive from Karachi via highway.

She says the problem started early 2014 when a 50-year-old Muslim male name JAMEEL SOLANGI "caught her" while she was begging and demanded her hand in marriage. She says he threatened to kill her if she refused. She managed to escape. The writer did not ask how Jameel  "caught her" and how she "managed to escape".

 Jameel has since then broken into her home on four occasions. Madhuri says she and her family were saved by neighbours each time. The writer did not ask for details.

However, around June, 2014, Jameel broke into her home with two others and put a pistol to her father's head, demanding his daughter's hand in marriage. Jameel is a businessman, according to article published August, 2014, by respected Qatar-based news service provider Al Jazeera.
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This was not his first raid. He raided the first time, with armed accomplices, around February, 2014.

Madhuri says Jameel has been wandering into her neighbourhood almost every day, threatening to kill the family if they complain to the outside world.

Madhuri's family had approached the police for help several times. But they have refused to issue an FIR.

She says the police claimed they had spoken to Jameel and "assured" the family that he will stop harassing them. However, he has continued showing up regularly outside her home, reiterating his threat to kill anyone who helps this family.

The above behaviours again exhibit the patterns revealed in the previous interviews:

(i) Victims are not only Hindu, but they are also from socio-economically depressed sections of society.  This combination makes them "soft targets" for the predators.

(ii) The police are not bothered about the family's welfare and security. This again is powerfully indicative of the "pro-Muslim, anti-Hindu" mindset we discussed earlier.

(iii) The predator, a businessman, can be assumed to be relatively well-off, at least when compared with Madhuri's family. This indicates he is likely to have the financial means to pay off the police, keeping them away.

Madhuri says that Jameel had also forced the family to provide him with fingerprint impressions on blank paper, under threat of arms. This frightens them because they are illiterate and Jameel might use the fingerprints as signature to "prove" Madhuri  has converted and is his wife.

The family, however, is unable to flee Hyderabad for safer ground, because they are too poor to move in the first place.

This is Madhuri's plea, "Save us from this man. We are poor and nobody listens to us."

Jameel has also threatened to kidnap Madhuri's aunty, Sri Devi, who is 19-years-old (seen in video as well) because he thinks this lady is a "barrier" between himself and Madhuri.

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