Three youths decapitated a 17-year-old girl on Thursday following an argument between her and some women of the assailants’ family in Chadyala village. One of the three assailants was arrested, while the rest are at large, the Tatlayaali police said.
They said Farkhanda, a second year student and a hafiz-i-Quran, had an argument with three women neighbours when she went to their house to collect her dupatta that had fallen into their house.
They said the women accused her of throwing the dupatta into their house on purpose.
They accused her of entering their house with an intention to steal from there. Some neighbours heard them arguing and intervened, police said.
The matter was resolved and Farkhanda returned home, they said.
However, later that night, police said, three youths, Ibrahim, Iqbal and Bilal, relatives of the women Farkhanda earlier had an argument with, went to her house while her family was away and beat her up. Police said they decapitated her with a butcher’s cleaver and later also cut her limbs. While they were leaving the house, a neighbour, who wished not to be named, saw them holding the weapons used in the crime and informed the police.
The neighbour said he went inside the house and saw the girl’s beheaded body and disintegrate limbs lying in a pool of blood. He said he ran after Ibrahim and caught him with help of some other neighbours and locked him up in a room.
He was later handed him over to the police. The rest of the two boys fled. Police also arrested his father, Wakeel, from his house.
Police said the body and the parts were sent for a post-mortem examination. He said police had started looking for the rest of the two suspects.
They said their houses were raided, but they had not been there.
Talking to The Express Tribune Civil society activist Prof Rana Ramazan lamented the incident.
He said the fact that women’s arguments on petty issues generated such aggressive reactions spoke volumes about the society’s deteriorating situation.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2012.