Pakistan girl burned alive by mother for eloping with lover



New Delhi: In a case which has resulted in a death sentence for the accused involved, a Pakistani teenager was burned alive by her mother for eloping with her lover which has sparked discussions about unrepentant honour killings still being held true in the country.
Zeenat Rafiq was an 18-year-old girl who had eloped with her classmate, Hassan Khan, and secretly married him. Perveen Bibi, Zeenat’s mother, had vociferously opposed her daughter’s inclination to get married to Hassan. However, when the duo got married, the mother decided to take action.
A week after the couple’s marriage, Perveen went to Zeenat’s house and convinced her that she had no objection anymore with the marriage. She told Zeenat to come back home so that a proper wedding reception could take place. The innocuous daughter agreed.
However, when Zeenat returned home, she was strangled to a seat and beaten up by her mother and brother. After beating her, the enraged mother tied Zeenat to a cot and set her on fire.
“I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,” Bibi yelled outside the house as her daughter burned to death.
When the incident came to light, police arrested the mother and Rafiq’s brother. On Monday, Bibi was sentenced to death and Rafiq was sentenced to life in prison.
In name of honour killing, Pakistani celebrity Qandeel Baloch was killed by her brother on 15th July 2016. Her brother said that she was bringing disrepute to the family.

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