Teenage Girl Burned Alive By Mother For Marrying Man Of Choice In Lahore

From The Tribune (Pakistan):
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.

“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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