A man with learning disabilities called Ghalib Hussain was abused by his family for over three years. Ghalib came to this country for an arranged marriage and could speak very little English. The marriage didn’t work and the family of his wife started to abuse him.
The family were cruel and violent to Ghalib and treated him like a slave. They thought he was a financial burden on them because he couldn’t work.
They threatened to bury him alive and cut his tongue out and beat him all the time! He escaped and was found wandering in the street. The police came and someone in the street helped to translate. When the police asked if they could take him home he go very frightened and clung to a lamp post. Then Ghalib told them about being beaten and not being allowed to go back to Pakistan.
A relative took Ghalib home where he was very badly beaten for speaking out. Four days later a police officer and a social worker went to the house and asked to speak to Ghalib alone. The family lied and said he wasn’t there but the police found Ghalib huddled on the sofa.
Ghalib told them about how he was badly treated.
The professionals did a good job by going to help him and making sure they talked to him alone.
Ghalib was taken to hospital because his hip was broken by the abuse.
It’s great that Ghalib has got out of this terrible situation and is getting help. The members of his family who abused Ghalib are being charged with threatening to kill, grievous bodily harm and fear of violence by harassment and false imprisonment.
They are all denying what they did because they think it was ok to treat Ghalib like that because he has a learning disability.