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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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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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