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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.