Police arrest prime suspect in Lahore teen ‘honour killing’ case

Anis reportedly confesses to helping his mother kill his own sister


News Desk June 14, 2016
Zeenat Rafiq, who was burned alive, by her mother. PHOTO: AFP

Punjab Police on Tuesday arrested the brother of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered in the name of 'honour' in Lahore for aiding his mother in the heinous crime.

Zeenat Bibi was set on fire last Wednesday, a little over a week after she wed 20-year-old motorcycle mechanic Hasan Khan against the wishes of her family. Her mother Perveen Bibi admitted to the killing.

According to reports, Anis was arrested from a relative’s house in Lahore and has confessed to aiding his mother in the murder.

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

Zeenat's mother, Perveen Bibi, is already in police custody.

The development comes days after Zeenat's vowed to do whatever it took to get justice for his young wife. Zeenat’s charred remains were buried by her new husband’s family before dawn after none of her relatives sought to claim her body.

Khan had earlier suggested that Perveen had been helped in the murder by her brother and son, and was covering up for them.

The case has drawn widespread outrage in Pakistan, which account for hundreds of deaths every year. It was also the third such case involving burning over a three-month span.

'I want justice': Husband of Lahore teen murdered for honour

Pakistan amended its criminal code in 2005 to prevent men who kill female relatives escaping punishment by pardoning themselves as an “heir” of the victim.

But it is left to a judge’s discretion to decide whether to impose a prison sentence when other relatives of the victim forgive the killer — a loophole which critics say is still exploited.

COMMENTS (10)

IA | 5 years ago | Reply Hope the killers get the punishment they deserve, even if the girl eloped for getting married to a man she liked, she did not deserved to be killed for that. All people lost in this no one was a winner.. Also thee is nothing wong with being a motor mechanic. It is a honorable work. Young people with good work ethic usually succed in life.
Sami Khan | 5 years ago | Reply @Saad: Mother killed her. no one supports a crime. Girl and her family was entire loser and guy and his family were entire winner. You are anti woman. Girl got killed, her mother in jail and brother in jail. They did not deserve it. The guy and his family is responsible because they eloped the girl who was too young and not in a position to make decision. But they secretly manipulated her to feel powerful. Its like pedophilia. Feeling powerful and being able to take away girl in a love affair. sick
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