Pakistan to try 13 for killing, burning teenage girl
07 May 2016, 17:04
Islamabad – Pakistani police say 13 members of a local tribal
council who allegedly strangled a local girl and set her body on fire as
punishment for helping one of her friends elope will face trial under
The body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a torched van
near a tourist resort in northwestern Pakistan on April 29. Police say the
tribal council ordered the killing.
Police officer Muhammad Tahir said Saturday the suspects are in
the custody of counterterrorism police.
Nearly 1 000 women are killed every year in Pakistan in so-called
honour killings in response to alleged romantic liaisons outside the bounds of
arranged marriage. The killings are often carried out by close male relatives.