Pakistan teen burned alive for refusing marriage proposal
01 June 2016, 15:20
Islamabad – A young Pakistani woman died on Wednesday after she
was tortured and set alight in the country's conservative northeast for
refusing a marriage proposal from the son of a former colleague, relatives and
Maria Sadaqat, 19, was attacked by a group of people on Monday in
the village of Upper Dewal close to the summer hill resort of Murree, outside
the capital Islamabad.
"She was badly tortured and then burned alive. We brought her
to hospital in Islamabad but she succumbed to her wounds today," Abdul
Basit, Sadaqat's uncle, told AFP outside a burns centre at Pakistan Institute
of Medical Sciences in the capital.
Grieving relatives outside the centre wept and protested at the
teenager's death as police moved her body to another hospital for a
Basit said his niece had been attacked by the principal of the
private school where she had formerly worked as a teacher, and by his
accomplices after she refused a marriage proposal from his son.
"He was divorced and twice her age, so she refused the
proposal and left her job when they pursued her time and again... eventually
they attacked her," Basit said.
Police said Sadaqat gave a statement before her death naming the
principal and four others as her attackers.
"We have arrested at least one of the accused and a hunt is
on for the rest," Mazhar Iqbal, the officer directing the murder
investigation, told AFP.
A doctor at the hospital said Sadaqat had succumbed to serious
"The poor woman was becoming better but then could not
survive because most parts of her body had serious burn injuries," said
It was the second time in just over a month that a Pakistani woman
had been murdered over a marriage issue.
A woman believed to be aged between 16-18 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.
Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each
year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour.