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(Scroll down for video) A husband was arrested on a charge of holding a person in servitude after treating his wife as his slave, according to police in the United Kingdom.
Now, 34-year-old Safraz Ahmed of Woolwich, has been sentenced to serve two years in prison after being convicted of holding a person in servitude contrary to Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
It is believed to be the first case in England, where a husband has been convicted of this charge relating to his wife.
According to the police investigation, Ahmed and the victim were involved in an arranged marriage, which they both agreed to and welcomed.
They were married in Pakistan in 2006, where the victim remained to complete her studies before joining her husband in the country in 2012.
Upon arrival, the victim soon realized that she would not be part of the loving family she had expected. Instead, she was kept in servitude.
Her freedom was completely taken away, and she was subjected to physical and psychological abuse.
As tradition dictates, the victim came to the country with wedding jewelry, but the pieces were taken from her and not returned despite repeated requests.
This was a way of exploiting and controlling her. By depriving her of her personal belongings, she became completely financially dependent on her husband.
She was responsible for keeping the house clean and doing all the chores that her husband demanded.
She was not allowed outside unaccompanied, and when she was alone at home, she was called every ten minutes to make sure the she was not using the phone.
She described her husband’s behavior towards her as physical and mental torture.