This is a case of torture and harassment of a recently married girl, Shaikh Nasreen.
Nasreen got married at the age of 19 in 2005. Her father gave Rs. 15,000 cash ($380) as a dowry, jewelry and household items worth $1000 as a gift.
After her marriage she continued studying and got a first class mark in her 10th standard exam. Her teachers were very encouraging of her, but after her success, her husband started abusing her.
For 2 days she was locked in a room and not provided with food and water. Her husband and his family asked her to get a fridge, colour TV and washing machine from her parents and demanded money to buy a car. She refused their demands and said that her father was already in debt, and was not able to give a single penny.
After a few days, while she was sleeping, they poured kerosene in her room, locked the door and set it on fire. Fortunately, she survived.
After this she went to her parent's house and told them everything that had happened. However, her parents said she had to bear with the situation and sent her back to her husband's place. She went back and the abuse continued.
Finally she contacted the ‘Flying Squad’ project volunteers. They interceded with her parents and encouraged them to take Nasreen back and also helped her to register a case against her husband in the police station. Nasreen now lives with her parents and has recently found out that she is pregnant.