In a shocking incident, a Bangladeshi migrant worker chopped off his wife's fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission.

Rafiqul Islam, 30, blindfolded his 21-year-old wife Hawa Akhter and taped her mouth, telling her he was going to give her a surprise present.

He made her hold her hand out. When she did, he cut five of her fingers. One of his relatives threw the finger in the dustbin to ensure that the doctors could not reattach them.

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Rafiqul, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife of severe consequences if she did not give up her studies.

Talking to The Times, the victim said, “After he had come back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me.”
“Suddenly, he blindfolded me and tied my hand. He also taped my mouth saying that he would give me some surprise gifts. But, instead, he cut off my fingers.”

The Daily Mail quoted Bangladesh police chief Mohammed Saluddin saying that Rafiqul had confessed after he was arrested in the capital, Dhaka, and will face charges of permanent disfiguration.

'He was enraged. He was jealous because while he only had a grade eight standard education, his wife was off to college to pursue higher studies,' said Saluddin.

However, Hawa has not given up hope. She is learning to write with her left hand and is determined to resume her studies. She is now back at her parent's house.