A polygamist Pakistani man has suffered the shame of a public beating by two of his wives, who claimed he was planning to marry in secret for a fifth time.
By Rob Crilly, Islamabad 1:05PM GMT 04 Jan 2011
Mian Ishaq had to be saved by police officers who hauled his two angry wives away from a friend's wedding reception he was attending with his third wife in Pakistan's Punjab province.
Afterwards he told reporters that he had only three wives, and rumours that he had a fourth wife and plans for a fifth were not true.
"This is a blatant lie. I am willing to swear on my life that I only have three wives," he told reporters.
He added that the two, Mehvish and Uzma, had filed for divorce and were pressuring him to sell his house.
"They have already invented one wife for me and now are trying to convince people that I am trying for a fifth," he added.
Witnesses said his two disgruntled partners arrived with relatives at the wedding reception in Gujranwala on Monday, overturning tables and shouting death threats before they started attacking their husband with shoes.
"All the women got together and beat him with shoes. They slapped him and swore at him. It was madness," said a guest.
However, the explanations were not enough for one of the wives. "We know that he is trying to marry a fifth time and he should be publicly humiliated for his behaviour," said Uzma afterwards.
I really want to understand the cultural context of this situation a bit better because the article must be leaving a heckuva lot out.