Husband charged over abused woman’s death

Ziyada Naeem. Before her death, Ziyada told her doctors that her husband, Ibrahim Shah, had subjected her to rape and abuse.

Ziyada Naeem. Before her death, Ziyada told her doctors that her husband, Ibrahim Shah, had subjected her to rape and abuse.

Prosecutors have charged the husband of the 37 year old woman, eight months after the mother of two succumbed to her injuries of alleged sexual abuse late last year.

Ziyada Naeem was hospitalised in Male in December, but died before she could testify. In the two-week period she was treated at the state run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), she told her doctors that her husband, Ibrahim Shah, had subjected her to rape and abuse. Shah, remains in police custody since his arrest in December.

Shah is facing three counts over his wife’s death but prosecutors have not disclosed the exact nature of the charges.

Ziyada was separated from her husband at the time of her death, moving out to her father’s home and later another house. But Shah had continued abusing and raping Ziyada despite her moving out, causing her health to deteriorate, authorities had said.

Ziyada received treatment at the Thinadhoo Regional Hospital twice, and traveled to Male on December 9 to see doctors here. It was a doctor at a private clinic who was alerted to the life-threatening nature of her injuries. She was then hospitalised at the IGMH.

Preliminary reports of Ziyada’s postmortem showed injuries to different organs, the police said. Signs of torture were visible on her arms and the back of her head. She died from a brain hemorrhage on December 28.

No further details were available as the autopsy report was not complete.

Shah’s family issued a statement denying his involvement in Ziyada’s death, saying that she had died of pneumonia and kidney failure, which affected her brain.

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