LAHORE — A Pakistani mother has burnt her 16-year-old daughter alive for marrying her very own man decision, police say, before shouting on the street to neighbors that she had killed the teen for bringing shame on her family.
It was the third so-called “honor killing” in the South Asian nation in as many months, and a rare example of the crime being carried out by a woman.
Zeenat Bibi, 16, was set on fire by her mother Perveen Bibi in the eastern city of Lahore a little more than a week after the couple had acquired their marriage licence, police said.
“Perveen Bibi killed her daughter Zeenat Bibi by burning her alive around 9:00am on Wednesday,” Haidar Ashraf, a senior police official said, adding the teen had married a man named Hasan Khan on May 29.
Mr Khan’s ethnicity — he is an ethnic Pashtun, while Ms Zeenat was a Punjabi — was the main cause of the family’s disapproval, according to the woman’s family.
Ms Zeenat’s husband Mr Khan told local TV station Geo News that the pair had eloped, but he had reluctantly allowed her to return to her family home after they promised they would hold a celebration and not harm her.
He said: “After living with me for four days following our marriage, her family contacted us and promised they would throw us a proper wedding party after eight days. Then we would be able live together.
“Zeenat was unwilling to go back to her home and told me that she would be killed by her family, but later agreed when one of her uncles guaranteed her safety.
“After two days, she called me and said that her family had gone back on their word and asked me to come to get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.”
Mr Ashraf said Ms Perveen and other family members had confessed to the crime and that police had seized kerosene oil from the scene.
1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap
DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.
The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.
Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.Follow @gorkhapost