“Daughters are not a burden”

Parveen Khan will probably never forget the horrific events of March 29, 2009, when her estranged husband walked into her room and bit her face in an act of revenge.

It was a Sunday afternoon when Khan, then 33, went to take a nap after working two jobs to support her two daughters. Her daughters, BulbulFareen and Saniya Shaheen, were playing outside with the children from the neighbourhood.

“He gave the girls some sweets and said ‘I will meet your mom inside’,” Khan told Al Jazeera.

“He jumped on me when I was sleeping, grabbed me and chewed my face off … He chewed on [me] like an animal. I screamed so hard but no one came to help me,” she said.

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