July 14, 2017
The Police have arrested a man in Tajikistan for allegedly causing his wife to commit suicide after he pressured her into taking virginity tests and then demanded a second bride after disbelieving the results.
Rajabbi Khurshed, 18, killed herself by drinking a lethal dose of vinegar 40 days after her wedding to 24-year-old Zafar Pirov, who she had never met before the arranged marriage.
Despite her passing a government-required prenuptial exam – including a virginity test – Pirov admits he took his bride for a further two tests, both of which she passed and both of which he did not believe, before casting her out
Speaking to Radio Free Europe, Khurshed’s family – who arranged the marriage – said their daughter told them on her deathbed that she had felt under massive pressure to accept Pirov’s demands for a second wife and ‘couldn’t take it any longer.
But in his defence, Pirov said: ‘My wife gave me a written statement that she allows me to get a second wife because she wasn’t a virgin when we got married.’
Kurshed’s mother, Fazila Mirzoeva, is so upset about her daughter’s death – who she said is a victim of ‘slander and violence’ – that she has pleaded to the country’s president, Emomali Rahmon, for help.
She said Kurshed had never had a boyfriend and had never had s*x with anyone. The teen had dropped out of school to help care for her two disabled brothers, her mother added.
Despite Kurshed passing this test and obtaining a doctor’s certificate of her virginity – as well as the two other tests – Pirov continued to press his bride and demand she reveal the ‘truth’. It was just weeks later than he made clear his desire to bring a second wife into the home.