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Pakistani couple killed by family over marriage

29 June 2014, 14:25

Islamabad - Pakistani police say a 17-year-old girl and her husband have been murdered by her family for marrying without its consent.

Police officer Asghar Ali says Muafia Bibi and her husband Sajjad Ahmed, 30, were killed in a village in the Punjab province Friday night. He says Bibi's grandfather, parents and two uncles are accused of killing them with a butcher's knife, and that all five have been apprehended.

Ali said the couple married on June 19, and that the family had lured them back home by saying it accepted the marriage.

Marrying for love is a taboo among conservative Muslims in Pakistan, where hundreds of people are killed each year by their own relatives over alleged sexual indiscretions, which are believed to bring shame upon the family.

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