A close friend of a Perth woman who was allegedly killed with an ax by her father-in-law in Pakistan paid tribute to the young mother, describing her death as “a loss for eternity to be remembered”.
Sajida Tasnim was allegedly killed on June 11 at her father-in-law’s family home in Sargad, a few hundred kilometers from the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
Ms. Tasnim has felt pressure from her husband Ayub Ahmad to leave her home in Perth in 2017 and move to Pakistan, the BBC reports in Urdu.
When she returned to Pakistan, her father-in-law Mukhtar Ahmad allegedly confiscated her passport after her husband’s parents opposed her decision to want to live in Australia.
Ms. Tasnim’s friend, who lives in Perth but did not want to be named, told the West that she would like to “share about Sajida’s life, as I was very close to her.”
“Words are not enough to describe Sajuda, but she was a beautiful soul. He is well educated with a positive and modest personality, ”he said.
“A cheerful woman and a wonderful mother raises her children, giving them the best. She was so loving and caring and close to society.
“Her loss is a loss for eternity that will be remembered forever.”
Ms. Tasnim, who received Australian citizenship, moved to Perth in 2013, where she lived in Tuart Hill with three young children.
Her profile on LinkedIn states that she graduated in civil engineering from NED University in Karachi with experience in aviation as an air traffic controller.
Prior to her death, Ms. Tasnim worked in digital marketing and management.
She described herself as “ambitious and passionate about contributing to a better world through creativity”.
Pakistani police have confirmed that Ahmad has been taken into custody and charged with murder.
The investigation is ongoing.
Jasmine Khan, director of the Bangle Foundation, an unfunded and voluntary group in Brisbane that helps women from South Asian communities avoid domestic violence and violence, called Ms. Tasnim’s death “tragic.”
“For women from South Asian communities, this is a very real scenario when women go from their father’s house to their husband’s house after marriage,” she said.
“As a new daughter-in-law comes into this environment, it can be difficult to navigate family politics, and if personalities or lifestyles do not match, tensions will arise in the relationship that can lead to violence and violence. ”
“Customs and traditions over the centuries have led women to believe that having horrible mothers-in-law is a price to pay or a part of life they have to go through.”
Ms. Khan said that attitude needs to change.
“Unfortunately, many South Asian men can still be strongly influenced by their parents, and that’s why we see the domestic violence we do, and unfortunately women suffer,” she said.