16-year-old teenage girl, Zeenat Bibi, has been set on fire and burnt alive by her mother, Perveen Bibi on Wednesday in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan, after marrying a man of her own choice, in what police said to be the latest in a string of so-called 'honour killings' in the country. Haidar Ashraf, a senior police official told AFP, “Perveen Bibi killed her daughter Zeenat Bibi by burning her alive around 9:00 am on Wednesday,” adding the teen had married a man named Hasan on May 29.
Ashraf said Perveen and other family members had confessed to the crime and that police had seized kerosene oil from the scene. Speaking with a local TV station, Geo News, Zeenat's husband, Hasan, said 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.
He said: “After living with me for four days following our marriage, her family contacted us and promised they would throw us a proper wedding party after eight days then we could live together.
“Zeenat was unwilling to go back to her home and told me that she would be killed by her family but later agreed when one of her uncles guaranteed her safety.
“After two days, she called me and said that her family had gone back on their word and asked me to come get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.”
It was gathered that the incident was the third of 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.