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Pak girl burnt alive for saying no to marriage proposal

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ISLAMABAD — A young Pakistani girl died Wednesday, two days after she was tormented and set ablaze for declining to marry a divorced person twice her age, the latest case that highlights rampant violence against women in the Muslim nation.

The victim, Maria Sadaqat, 19, was assaulted on Monday in Upper Dewal village of Murree hill resort in Punjab Province.

Abdul Basit, her uncle, told the media outside a healing center here that she was pressed for marriage by the owner of a local private school where she used to teach.

She had resigned due to the harassment by the school principal.

“He attacked her with accomplices on Monday. First she was tortured and then doused in petrol and set on fire,” said Basit.

She was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85 per cent burn injuries.

In a statement before dying, the victim accused the principal of the school and his four accomplices for attacking her.

Police official Muhammad Zeeshan said that one accused has been arrested and the raids being conducted to arrest others.

Ayesha Isani, spokeswoman of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, confirmed the death Maria due to severe burns.

Violence against women is common in Pakistan where every year hundreds of women are killed for honour.

Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year in so-called honour-killings, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission says.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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