As Dawn News points out, “honor killings” involving immolation are distressingly common in Pakistan, often triggered by a young Pakistani woman marrying someone her family disapproves of. The murder of 18-year-old Zeenat Rafique was especially diabolical because her mother lured her into an ambush by offering to reconcile with her.
After Rafique eloped with a man her family did not approve of after secretly dating him for five years, the family “coaxed the deceased to come back home, on the pretext that they will send her off with their consent.”
Instead, Rafique’s mother (and, according to a CNN report, her brother) strangled her unconscious, tied her to a bed, doused her in gasoline, and set her ablaze. The autopsy found smoke in her respiratory tract, indicating she was still alive when they set her on fire.
Her mother, Parveen Bibi, turned herself in and defiantly stood by her actions without remorse, while her brother is still on the run from police. In fact, after the murder, she reportedly ran into the street, beat her chest, and yelled, “People! I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name!”
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