A 16-year-old girl was choked, injected with poison, tied to a van and then burned to death in Pakistan - all in the name of honor killing. More than a dozen people have been arrested, including the mother of the victim, after the teenage girl’s charred skeleton was found last Friday. Police in Abbottabad, in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the death was a so-called honor killing ordered by a tribal council after the girl, named Ambreen, allegedly helped a neighbor and her boyfriend elope.
“The order came after Ambreen’s neighbor, Saima, had eloped with her boyfriend on the 22nd of April,” police officer Khurram Rasheed said.
The girl’s killing was ordered by a 15 member tribal council, or Jirga, which gathered to investigate the elopement, the officer said. Some of those council members then carried out the killing.
Ambreen’s mother had been arrested along with 13 members of the Jirga because she allegedly knew about the orders to kill her daughter but did not alert the authorities, Rasheed added.
The couple that eloped has been tracked and is in a safe place, police said. They added that those arrested will be tried in an anti-terrorism court.