LAHORE - While hundreds of thousands of vehicles across the country are fitted with trackers to save them from being stolen or trace the ones lost to the thieves, a woman has also been implanted with a similar device to keep a check on her movements.

This is perhaps the first time in the country's history that the technology has been used by a husband to keep a watchful eye on his estranged spouse.

Sughran, a resident of Harbanspura, is not comfortable with the chip and has approached the District and Sessions Court, Lahore, with a request that device be removed and a direction be given to the relevant police station to register a criminal case against her husband for using this technology against her consent and without her knowledge.  In her application filed through a counsel she submitted that her husband, Saleem, used to torture her and force into heinous act of prostitution. She said she tried her best to save her marriage but finally left the home due to cruel behaviour of her husband.

The petitioner further told the court that she was hiding somewhere but her husband along with 'accomplices' abducted her and got fixed a tracker in her body with the help of a surgeon. Since then, she said her husband was spying on her and also blackmailing her.  Sughran said that she also went to doctors to get the device removed from her body. But they demanded a Rs 200,000 fee, which she was unable to afford.  She requested the court to direct the police for registration of FIR against her husband and his accomplices. She also called for surgery for the removal of the device at the government’s expense.

After hearing the arguments of the petitioner, the additional district and sessions judge issued notice to the station house officer of the police station concerned and adjourned further proceedings till April 29.