Girl burned to death by mother over marriage


Punjab CM seeks police report

Staff Reporter

Lahore—A girl who married a man of her choice was allegedly set on fire on Wednesday in Lahore’s factory area.
According to police the 17-year-old had married a week ago after leaving her house.
Recently, her mother contacted her and told her that she had forgiven her. The mother took her daughter back home, assuring that she wants to arrange a proper marriage function for her.
Early morning, both reportedly had an argument after which the mother doused her daughter in petrol and set her on fire. The victim succumbed to burn injuries at hospital.
The deceased girl’s mother was taken into custody by police.
Police sent the body for post-mortem. Love marriages by girls are considered to bring dishonor in Pakistan.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and has sought a report from CCPO Lahore.
The young husband told media 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 could live together.
“She 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 get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.”
Ashraf, the police official, said the mother and other family members had confessed to the crime and that police had seized kerosene oil from the scene. Another senior police official confirmed the details of the killing.
Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour.

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