Teenage girl burned alive by mother for marrying man of choice in Lahore

Published: June 8, 2016
Chief Minister Punjab has taken notice of the incident and has sought a report from CCPO Lahore PHOTO: REUTERS

Chief Minister Punjab has taken notice of the incident and has sought a report from CCPO Lahore PHOTO: REUTERS

A teenage girl was burned alive by her mother in the name of ‘honour’ on Wednesday for marrying a man of her choice in Lahore’s Factory area.

According to police, 17-year-old Zeenat had married a man named Hassan seven days ago. Soon after, the girl’s mother brought her back home vowing marry her off to Hassan as per traditions and customs. Instead, the mother, Parveen, allegedly burned her daughter alive.

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“The girl’s mother has been detained and we have already launched an investigation into the incident and have started gathering evidence from the scene,” Factory Area police said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and has sought a report from CCPO Lahore.

It was the third such “honour killing” in as many months.

Last week, 19-year-old Maria Sadaqat was tortured and burned by a group of people in a village close to the holiday resort of Murree, outside the capital Islamabad, for refusing a marriage proposal from the son of a former colleague.

Another woman believed to be aged between 16 and 18 was drugged, strangled and her body burnt on the orders of a village jirga (council) in northwest Pakistan on April 29, allegedly for helping a friend to elope with her lover.

Zeenat’s husband Hasan 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.

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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.

“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 get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.”

Ashraf, the police official, said Perveen 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.

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” — a film telling the story of a rare survivor of an attempted honour killing — won an Oscar for best documentary short in February.

Amid publicity for the film, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to eradicate the “evil” of honour killings but no fresh legislation has been tabled since then.


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Reader Comments (7)

  • Zaida
    Jun 8, 2016 - 5:08PM

    Equal rights for women.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Jun 8, 2016 - 9:48PM

    Honour killing is unacceptable and so is eloping an immature underage girl. Why her so called husband is not arrested who created these circumstances. Is it acceptable in our culture to elope and marry without parents consent?Recommend

  • Disgusted
    Jun 9, 2016 - 2:08AM

    According to the law, Islamic and civil, she is old enough to consent to marriage and does not need anyones permission. Its our barbaric culture that needs to be corrected. One way would be to sentence to death the people who killed her.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jun 9, 2016 - 4:38AM

    Country where 7year old girl forced 70 yr old me.
    And people support it.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 9, 2016 - 6:50AM

    Made the news on multiple sources in the West!
    Sure to polish up the reputation of Pakistan as a modern progressive country!Recommend

  • Mirza Asif Baig
    Jun 9, 2016 - 9:18AM

    Quick Justice is the Only Solution.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 9, 2016 - 1:07PM

    Somewhere Molana Sherwani would have a wicked laugh after reading this news.Recommend

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