According to the police, Sarwar climbed onto her husband Sheikh Naseem's chest around and repeatedly slashed at his neck as he slept in his Staten Island screaming, "It's time for you to die!"
The New York Post quoted 41-year-old husband, Naseem, as saying that woke up with the knife to his neck and as he wrestled with his wife for the weapon. He begged her to consider his two children from a previous marriage.
"She just screamed, 'They are going to be orphans now!' She kept on coming after me with the knife and I grabbed it and broke it into two pieces and ran out of the room," Naseem recounted.
After realizing that Sarwar had hidden all the phones, Naseem ran pounded on a neighbor's door for help. Police were called, and Sarwar arrested.
He suffered only surface wounds to his neck, face and hands and was later released from a local hospital.
Naseem - who was born in Pakistan, but is half Norwegian and is a Unitarian -wed Sarwar in an arranged marriage after his previous two marriages failed.
"She was getting adjusted (to the American culture). She was trying to live the way I live, but on the same token she tells her parents 'I went out drinking with him,' and her mother started making derogatory statements about me," he said.
However, Sarwar's lawyer, Joe Licitra, claimed, "He got her to drink alcohol, eat pork and change her clothes. She wanted to dress traditionally. I think he was a cruel person who preyed on her."
Sarwar was charged with attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. She was released after her family came up with 25,000-pound bail.