Hurried funeral for girl set ablaze by mother for marrying man of choice

Published: June 9, 2016
Hassan Khan shows the picture of his wife Zeenat Bibi, who was burnt alive by her mother, on his cellphone at his residence in Lahore on June 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Hassan Khan shows the picture of his wife Zeenat Bibi, who was burnt alive by her mother, on his cellphone at his residence in Lahore on June 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: A 16-year-old girl murdered by her mother for marrying the man of her choice was discreetly buried before dawn Thursday by her in-laws, as activists and politicians condemned Pakistan’s latest gruesome honour killing.

Zeenat Bibi was set on fire Wednesday in Lahore. None of her relatives sought to claim her body, police said Thursday, leaving her new husband’s family to bury her charred remains in the dark in a graveyard near the city.

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

“There was a peace and calm in the area during the funeral prayer and burial,” the officer in charge of the local police station Sheikh Hammad Akhtar told AFP.

Hassan Khan shows a document with a photograph of his wife Zeenat Bibi, who was burnt alive by her mother, at his residence in Lahore on June 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Akhtar said the husband, 20-year-old Hasan Khan, had launched a complaint in the killing against his bride’s mother, Perveen Bibi, who is in police custody.

The victim’s family told AFP how Perveen ran into the street after the murder and began beating her chest, shouting: “People! I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name.”

An AFP reporter said Zeenat’s family home was closed and locked Thursday.

Neighbour Muhammed Asghar said the family had left, adding: “Why have they gone when everybody is coming to share their grief?”

Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan each year for so-called “honour”, but it is rare to hear of such atrocities being carried out by women.

Khan said on local TV channel that the couple had eloped, but he had reluctantly allowed Zeenat to return to her family home after they promised they would hold a celebration and not harm her.

Police have also detained one of Perveen’s sons-in-law, and are searching for another of her sons. Investigators said they were still awaiting the official results from a post-mortem report.

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Rights activists condemned the killing Thursday as a female politician called for the federal government to detail the steps it was taking to prevent such violence.

“Women continue to face violence in the most atrocious form despite the prevalence of legislation against such acts,” Senator Sherry Rehman told the Senate Thursday.

That a family could turn against their own child “shows that there something flawed in law and society”, said Hina Gilani, a human rights activist in Lahore.

“Anybody, whether father, mother, can do it because they have the satisfaction that they can get away with it,” she said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to eradicate the “evil” of honour killings after a documentary highlighting the issue won an Oscar in February, but no fresh legislation has been tabled since then.

Last week 19-year-old Maria Sadaqat was tortured then burned alive for refusing a marriage proposal from a school principal’s son.

In April a young woman was strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped a friend elope in the northwest, another case that sparked revulsion.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • abc
    Jun 9, 2016 - 1:47PM

    this guy must also be behind bars and he must be charged for making illicit relations. Recommend

  • Kickass
    Jun 9, 2016 - 2:31PM

    What crap are you saying. They were married.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Jun 9, 2016 - 2:32PM

    Make an example of this mother. Public hanging.Recommend

  • Israr
    Jun 9, 2016 - 4:21PM

    @abc: He can be charged for underage marriage but I don’t know if any such laws exist in Pakistan. Other than that, how can you call marriage “illicit relations”? I feel extremely sorry for the little girl. No matter what, no one deserves to be physically harmed for personal choices they make, let alone be burnt alive.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Jun 9, 2016 - 7:01PM

    Pakistani’s need to introspect about what is happening to their society.Recommend

  • Wukulagardi
    Jun 9, 2016 - 7:12PM

    @Israr: There is a very clear, albeit limited law related to underage marriage. The minimum age of marriage is 16 for girls and 18 for boys. It is 18 years for both boys and girls in the province of Sindh.Recommend

  • brah
    Jun 10, 2016 - 5:00AM

    @abc: Is marrying a girl illicit relationship pl tell mev the dictionary so that I may also my perception, Islam allows the girl a right to marry a man whom she like otherwise why her concent is necessary.RIP my child we all are responsible for your tragic death.Recommend

  • asma
    Jun 10, 2016 - 4:33PM

    Her mother brutally murdered her daughter. This was a criminal act Marrying is not considered illicit in our religion Islam.Her mother must be punished as soon as possible.Recommend

  • Zaid Hamid
    Jun 10, 2016 - 11:54PM

    I have confirmed news from my sources that this woman who killed the young innocent girl is an Indian Hindu RAW/CIA/MOSSAD agent, as no Muslim can do such heinous crime in Pakistan. She was heard saying to the young girl, “Bhagwan tumhe maaf nahi karega” which proves her Indian links and she also wore an orange ribbon on the wrist.
    Sometimes my wife attacks me with broom when busy I’m telling everyone to be aware of Indian RAW agents around you. I am starting to think even my wife is an Indian agent.Recommend

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