Faryal Makhdoom Khan, the 25-year-old model wife of British boxer Amir Khan, recently claimed to have been bullied by her in-laws “physically and mentally” for the last 3 years.
Just how bad can problems with in-laws get?
According to Faryal, she was
- Hit by her husband’s eldest sister Tabinda, who also allegedly threw a TV remote at her;
- Cropped out of family photographs;
- Deemed to be a “bad Muslim” if she bared any skin;
- Told she was “too modern” by her in-laws; and
- Abused while pregnant with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter.
“Miserable” and “depressed”, Faryal decided to speak up.
In fact, Faryal claimed that her husband had stood up to his parents and felt “like a man now”.
In a Snapchat rant, Faryal accused her in-laws of trying to destroy her marriage with Khan. According to Faryal, Khan’s parents tried to break up the couple, and that the family’s treatment of Khan was “disgusting”.
Faryal posted: “Don’t get your sons married if you’re going to abuse and bully the wife. I’ve always been so quiet but seriously this message is for everyone! When you bring someone’s daughter – treat her as your own. Your son will be much happier & so will you. J It’s funny how you expect your daughter-in-laws to live with you and be your slaves. But your own daughters never lived a day with their in-laws. Think it’s OK to boss me around?”
See: Emily Chan, “’I was bullied for three years’: Amir Khan’s wife claims his sister ‘threw a TV remote at her’ and his devout Muslim family criticised her for ‘baring her skin’”, Mailonline, 11 December 2016
As a Singapore divorce lawyer, I have seen many of my clients filed for divorce using the fact of unreasonable behaviour. Some of them claimed that they were abused or treated badly by their spouses’ parents. Most also claimed that their spouses did not stand up for them during such incidents. Problems with in-laws is a common reason for divorce in Singapore.
If you face such problems with your in-laws, you may wish to have an open discussion with your spouse to let him/ her know how you feel. You should not face problems with your in-laws by yourself. Over time, the pent-up frustration may affect your marital relationship with your spouse.
If you face problems with your in-laws, contact us today to learn about your rights.
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