A Pakistani mother who burned her teenage daughter alive as punishment for eloping to marry her boyfriend proudly shouted about her murder in the street afterwards.
Parveen Rafiq, tied her daughter Zeenat, 18, to a cot, doused her in kerosene and set her alight in the family home in Lahore, eastern Pakistan.
Mrs Rafiq then went outside and began shouting on the street to neighbours that she had killed the teen for bringing shame on her family, while beating her chest. Zeenat’s ‘crime’ was getting married to her partner Hasan Khan, a motorcycle mechanic, before a court magistrate last month, Police official Sheikh Hammad said.
‘Perveen killed her daughter Zeenat Bby burning her alive around 9:00 am on Wednesday,’ Haidar Ashraf, a senior police official told AFP.
‘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.
‘The day we eloped she had been abused, there was blood on her nose and on her lips,’ Hassan told CNN. ‘She was in distress; she asked me to take her away and marry her.,
‘After two days, she called me and said that her family had gone back on their word and asked me to come to get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.’
Hassan’s mother Shahida Khan said that Rafiq’s family ‘had promised that not even one hair on her head would come to harm.’
‘We called up her uncle and he told us that they will bring her back to us themselves — we trusted them,’ she told CNN.
Hassan Khan, her husband of 11 days, today buried his wife, who was found to have smoke in her lungs suggesting she was still alive when she was set on fire.
‘We went to her house, she was gone, she was finished and they had thrown her burnt body on the stairs,’ he said.
Naseem Bibi, Perveen’s younger sister, told AFP:
‘After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl and started beating herself on her chest, shouting: ‘People! I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name.’
‘My sister declared a long time ago she would not allow her daughter to marry a Pashtun,’ she said.
Perveen’s husband died several years ago and her relationship with her daughters had deteriorated, according to Shazia.
‘Our mother became distressed because of her daughter’s disobedience and because she felt there was no man in the house to rein her in.’
Culled from Mailonline