A 12-year-old girl was killed on Friday allegedly by her father for refusing to marry a man of his choice, police said. They said the girl’s body was found chopped into six pieces.
Police said Muhammad Khadim, 46, a resident of Khoja area in Shujabad, had accepted his nephew’s proposal for his daughter six months ago.
They said his sister and brother-in-law had been pressing him to arrange the wedding.
They said his daughter Haseena, who was studying in grade 6, did not want to marry. Some relatives said that she had requested her father to let her finish college, but he had refused.
They said her mother Shahnaz Bibi, too, was against the early marriage. They said she had argued with her husband over the matter and was beaten up for it. They said he had accused her of brainwashing their daughter.
Shahnaz Bibi told The Express Tribune that on Friday, she had an argument with Khadim when he took up the matter again.
She said when he started beating her up, Haseena tried to stop him. She said he got infuriated and locked her in a room. When her mother-in-law tried to stop him, he locked her as well.
She said he kept shouting that “he should have killed Haseena the day she was born rather than face disobedience.
She said he took Haseena to another room saying he would convince her to marry his nephew. She said Haseena had been shouting for help, but then her screams stopped suddenly.
She said she and her mother-in-law cried for help, attracting the attention of some neighbours.
She said Khadim emerged from the room and tried to hit her, but left on seeing some neighbours enter the house.
She said she and her mother-in-law they were freed and rushed to the other room and found her daughter cut into pieces.
A case has been registered at the Raja Ram police station. Police said they were looking for Khadim.
The body has been sent to the tehsil headquarters hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2013.