Pakistani teenage girl Zeenat Rafiq was burned to death by her mother and brother for eloping with a man whom she married. The 18-year-old girl was apparently set on fire by her own family because she married against her family’s wishes.
“Honor killing” is integral to Pakistan crime as thousands of boys and girls are killed by their own family members because they dare to go against their wishes. The latest Zeenat Rafiq case is no exception, wherein the mother, Parveen, confessed to the crime. She doused her young child with kerosene before setting her on fire. Also, read this news how another teen was burned to death for rejecting a marriage proposal.
Police Superintendent Ibadat Nisar, however, is on the lookout for the victim’s brother, Ahmer Rafique, who absconded. Nisar feels that it is impossible for a 50-year-old woman to commit the act all by herself without any help from other family members.
Zeenat, who was staying with her in-laws, was lured to come back to her family as her family made false promises to her about a proper wedding reception. At first, she was hesitant of returning to her family, but her in-laws convinced her to go back, said Hassan Khan, her husband. “How were we to know they would kill her like this?” rued Mr Khan, according to reports by BBC.
CBS News filed an account of how Zeenat’s mother tied her to a cot and then drenched her with kerosene before lighting her on fire. Neighbors in the adjacent areas rushed to their house after hearing screams, but Zeenat’s mother did not allow anyone to enter the house, as recounted by Nighat Bibi, a neighbor who lives in the vicinity.
There were signs of beating and strangulation on the charred body which the police found inside the victim’s house. Later, Parveen confessed to killing her daughter with the help of her son. “I don’t have any regrets,” she said.
Mr Khan told the reporters that the two have been in love since their school days. Since Zeenat’s family didn’t accept their relationship, they finally decided to elope last month. He showed proof of his marriage to Zeenat at the court by producing an affidavit of consent, which was signed by his wife. There were recent reports of how Islamic men in Pakistan protest to reclaim right to abuse and kill wives. Read here.