Omer Farooq Khan, TNN
Apr 7, 2011, 08.00pm IST
ISLAMABAD: A court in Pakistan's eastern city of Sargodha has extended the remand of two brothers accused of stealing corpses from a graveyard and then eating them.
The police had arrested earlier this week two brothers, Arif Ali, 40, and Farman Ali, 37, for allegedly digging up newly buried corpses and eating their flesh. The brothers practicing cannibalism was discovered after a body of 24-year-old deceased woman, named Saira Parveen, was found missing from her grave in Darya Khan town of Sargodha district. Saira's family became suspicious after visiting her grave on Sunday and found as if it had been dug up and then untidily built up in haste. After digging the grave to check the corpse, it was found missing. Her family lodged a complaint with the police and the subsequent police probe led to the arrest of two brothers. The police recovered the remains of Parveen's body from their house.
"They had cut legs of the corpse and were cooking it when we entered the house. We also recovered the other remains of Saira's body, wrapped in a white cloth," said Abdur Rehman, a police official.
He said the brothers had been eating corpses for at least a year, but some local TV stations reported that they had been indulged in human flesh eating for a decade. Previous victims include the corpse of a four-year-old girl, also taken from a local graveyard, the police investigation found. The brothers have also allegedly admitted eating local dogs before becoming human flesh eaters.
What led these two men to involve in such a socially-disgusting practice remains unclear.
According to Rehman, the brothers seemed to have taken up cannibalism as an act of revenge as their wives had left them after the death of their mother. However, the accused have confessed not only to these crimes but also to eating their own children.