Report By: Salam Memon
A Fisherwoman Rahiman Themore 45, mother of seven children has been murdered by her cruel husband Jumoo alias Chitto (Mentally challenged ) Themore after a subsequent series of beatings and inhuman physical tortures.
After all, she couldn’t survive on 22nd April 2008 while she had severely been beaten again by her spouse during last time at about 4:00 pm. She was residence of a small remote coastal village of Ibrahim Themore, Chak No. 52 Taluka Golarchi located at southern district Badin of Sindh province in Pakistan. She was a common member of a women unit of a social movement the Pakistan Fisher folk Forum (PFF).
According to FIR No. 61/08 dated 30.5.08 launched by her son Ali Muhammad 22, she had regularly been beating and torturing by her husband Jumoon alias Chitto Themore without any reason. He had been complaining to every elder of his clan and also to his maternal uncles but no one had heard his cries until she murdered, Rahiman’s son mentioned in FIR. When local police denied hearing his complaint, he filed direct complaint before District & Sessions Judge Badin under section 22-A of Criminal Penal Code (Cr. PC) and after his one month’s struggle the Station House Officer (SHO) of Golarchi Police Station was directed by the court to launch FIR. After all on 30th May 2008 FIR was registered but police couldn’t arrest the accused because of pressure of some influential local workers of the ruling party, the PPP.
On 18th February 2008 murdered mother Rahiman along with a large number of her fellow women had gone to the polling station using the vehicle of Quid-e-Azam Muslim League’s candidate but stamped on TEER (Arrow), the electoral symbol of Shaheed Rani Benazir Bhutto, she enthusiastically told me just after the election with a joy & pleasure mood during a meeting of Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum’s women unit.
As soon as the case was reported to PFF’s District office, the team of activists started to assist the matter of victim woman. The PFF team performed the following activities to advocate the matter effectively:
- An emergency meeting of nearby PFF units was urgently called and unanimously decided to jointly take that matter of extreme violation of Human Rights on their top priority.
- A petition mentioning details of the incident was just prepared and sent to Woman Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Fahmida Mirza and complimentary copies of that petition were sent to all woman federal as well as provincial ministers: Ms Sherry Rehman, the Federal Minister Information; Ms Susaee Palijo, the Provincial Minister Culture & Tourism Sindh; Ms Shazia muree, the Provincial Minister Information Sindh.
- Also, the copies of petition were sent to the Chief Minister Sindh, the Provincial Home Minister Sindh, District & Sessions Judge Badin and other concerned authorities. On 18th February 2008’s general elections, the Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fahmida Mirza was elected member national assembly and her spouse the provincial minister Home Affairs Sindh Dr. Zulfiquar Mirza was elected the member of Sindh Provincial Assembly from the constituencies of Badin.
- An open letter was sent to all national as well as local civil society organizations struggling for Human Rights and Women Rights.
- Besides addressing a crowded press conference at Hyderabad’s regional Press Club led by Miss Abida Jamali, a woman Social Organizer of PFF along with deceased Rahiman’s two sisters, her son and brothers, a series of press releases regarding the matter had also continuously been issued to accentuate the importance of the case.
- A delegation led by Project Coordinator of PFF Abdul Salam Memon (Writer) and S.O Qasim Malah along with Rahiman’s son Ali Muhammad, her brothers Gul Hassan and Noor Ahmed and her sisters Ms Rasti and Ms Jennan met with District Police Officer (DPO) Badin to sensitize him on that humanitarian matter for ensuring the transparent investigation of the incident. He heard sympathetically to the delegation and put assurance of justice and impartial inquiry towards the matter.
Outcomes of the Campaign:
- As a result of that campaign, District and Sessions Judge Badin ordered the Director General Health Sindh to constitute a Special Medical Board for conducting Post Mortem after exhuming the dead body of deceased Rahiman Themore. The date of Post Mortem had been fixed on 8th July 2008. On scheduled date five-member Special Medical Board led by Medical Superintendent Liaqat University of Medical Sciences under the supervision of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Badin, the Post Mortem of Rahiman’s exhumed body was conducted. Report of post mortem is still in pending. The community now expects some justice in that case.
- The main accused of the case Jummo alias Chito was arrested and put behind the bar on 8th July 2008.
- Through an organized campaign, the case of an unfamiliar woman of a remote and isolated neglected coastal village has been converted into a high profile matter of the area.
- The campaign exposed and broke the supporting hands of local influential bloody feudal chaps.
- The self-confidence of the community is built up. They learnt to rely upon themselves.
The fears and worries to the Community:
- The community is worried that whether the pending post mortem report of Rahiman’s exhumed body would be transparent or not because the entire world knows better that in such a corrupt country like Pakistan, everything could usually be made possible.
- The release of accused Jumoo is conditional to pending report of post mortem. If the report comes negative, Rahiman’s son Ali Muhammd along with his relatives and supporters would face severe retaliation acts.
Community’s Request to National & International Activists:
- Do everything which is possible for them to make Justice with the wounded soul of brutally murdered Rahiman who is calling on your door step.
- Encourage Rahiman’s son Ali Muhammad who, in this matter, has stepped forward against his real father in favor of her innocent victimized mother.
Report written by: Abdul Salam Memon
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum’s District Office,
Cant. Road, Gharibabad, Badin.