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.
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”.