Ferocious neighbours: 17-year-old girl decapitated, dismembered

Published: November 3, 2012
She had had an argument with some women over her dupatta that had fallen into their house. PHOTO: FILE

She had had an argument with some women over her dupatta that had fallen into their house. PHOTO: FILE


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.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Samar-Y
    Nov 3, 2012 - 7:08AM

    Wow! Just wow …


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Nov 3, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Barbaric. Simply barbaric. This nation is breeding not just terrorists but barbarians as well.


  • sdfns
    Nov 3, 2012 - 2:04PM


    But ET, does every story need to have a picture…? I think we can do without when you don’t actually have a real picture. Or just put a stock photo of Gujranwala perhaps, anything factual. This is the news after all, not a fictional story.


  • Ali S
    Nov 3, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Pakistan would be a very interesting case study for any psychologist. This can’t be justified in any way. Pure, plain psychosis.


  • Ibrahim Nadir
    Nov 3, 2012 - 2:30PM

    I thought no terrorists breed in our country but after reading this; its true when people blame us of terrorism. Look at us, Just look at us. Given a chance, we all will do whatever is not in the book of terrorism, extremism and barbarism. ALLAH save us!


  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 3, 2012 - 4:34PM

    @Ali S:
    Is it possible that annual ritual of slitting the throat of animals lowers the inhibition and respect for life?


  • Feroz
    Nov 3, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Gruesome and Horrific ! The next World Psychiatrists Conference should be held in Pakistan, there being no better examples for a case study.


  • anum
    Nov 3, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @ It is the economy…

    I firmly believe it does. But not because we sacrifice animals, but the way the slaughter is videotaped and uploaded on youtube to be enjoyed. Entertainment. It’s sickening. If only, intentions were pure behind the sacrifice, there would be no fun only humility in the sacrifice.


  • Nov 3, 2012 - 8:17PM

    I still can not believe that such boys live in Pakistan. Behind every crime there is a woman. Those three young boys were as it appears sent by the three woman who earlier argued with the girl. As they came with a sharp knife with intention to kill the girl, therefore they were told to do so by the three women living next door.

    There is no mention in the news if those 3 women ware also arrested, Who are actually the root cause of this heinous murder.


  • Khan
    Nov 3, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Shut up Xainab


  • Wajib
    Nov 4, 2012 - 12:39AM

    This story is so outlandish – only a child will believe this is an actual event. This is a conspiracy to malign Islam and demoralize us. See the comments – foreign trolls are already linking it to Islam…


  • Joseph
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Wajib you are right. These conspiracies are happening every day now. Pakistan is a peaceful and delightful place to raise a family . It is full of laughter and contentment . Pakistanis have one of the highest standards of living on earth thanks to allah and other countries are jealous. Women need to be disciplined and to know their place and if a few thousand die that is justified by the honour it brings to Pakistan knowing that your women are the purest on earth.


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