A Pakistani teenager was burned alive by her own mother after defying her family and eloping to marry her boyfriend. Zeenat Rafiq, 18, died after her mother and brother tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and set her on fire in the family home in Lahore.
Burned alive: Zeenat Rafiq
UK Daily Mail(h/t Brenda K) Parveen Rafiq was arrested on the same day and has since confessed to killing her daughter for refusing to have a traditional wedding.
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. Three days ago the Parveen Rafiq and an uncle visited Zeenat to try to persuade her to return home.
Family members comfort Hassan Khan, center, the husband of Zeenat Rafiq, at his home in Lahore, Pakistan
They asked her to have the marriage ceremony repeated in a traditional family function, instead of being labelled her whole life as someone who had ‘eloped’, Hammad added.
Mr Khan, her husband, told the local Geo News TV station that Zeenat had feared the worst. ‘Don’t let me go, they will kill me,’ Khan recounted his wife telling him.
Nearly 1,000 women are killed each year in so-called ‘honor killings’ in Pakistan for allegedly violating conservative norms on love and marriage. Last week, a 19-year-old teacher was tortured and burned alive for refusing to marry the son of her boss – a man twice her age.