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Pakistani teen blazed alive by her mom in ‘honor killing’

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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.

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Government not serious in resolving Nirmala Panta’s case: Gagan Thapa

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR— Nepali Congress youth leader and lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa has alleged that the government was not serious about finding the perpetrators of the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl from Bhimduttanagar Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Leader Thapa was speaking in a meeting with the party workers at the Nepali Congress party district office here this morning. He said people’s trust towards the government was waning due to its nonchalance in providing justice in the Nirmala Panta’s case.

He also accused the government of not working as per the people’s aspiration despite the formation of a stable government after a long wait.

After the meeting with the party workers, Thapa met with Nirmala’s parents who are staging a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office for last two weeks demanding justice.

“Please, take care of your health. I will relay your message to the Prime Minister and the president of the Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in parliament,” he assured Nirmala’s grieving parents.

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