30 May 2009

Woman jailed for keeping sons' wives like "dogs"

7:09 am on 30 May 2009

A woman in Britain has been sentenced to prison for seven years for falsely imprisoning her three daughters-in-law from Pakistan.

Preston Crown Court found she treated treated them as "slaves and dogs", subjecting them to regular beatings.

Naseebah Bibi, 63, also refused to let her daughters-in-law leave the family home without her permission.

The Press Association reports one of them was forced to work on an industrial sewing machine day and night for 13 years.

Bibi was convicted last month of falsely imprisoning Nagina Akhtar between 1993 - 2006, Tazeem Akhtar from 2001 - 2003 and Nisbah Akhtar between 2005 - 2007.

They were brought to Britain following arranged marriages to Bibi's three sons.

Nisbah and Tazeem are sisters. They testified that Bibi had made their lives "hell".