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Husband of Lahore teen murdered for honour wants justice

Husband of Lahore teen murdered for honour wants justice

LAHORE: The husband of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered in Lahore by her family for marrying him vowed Thursday to do whatever it took to get justice for his young wife.

Zeenat Bibi was set on fire Wednesday in Lahore, a little over a week after she wed 20-year-old motorcycle mechanic Hasan Khan against the wishes of her family.

Her mother Perveen Bibi has admitted to the killing, though details of the brutal murder remain unclear. Early reports suggested she had been burnt alive though police now say she may have been asphyxiated first, with a post-mortem report not expected until later this month.

Bibi´s charred remains were buried by her new husband´s family before dawn after none of her relatives sought to claim her body.

Speaking to AFP on Thursday, a visibly distraught Khan said: “I am determined to continue the legal proceedings against the family. I am after them, and my family is supporting me.

“It is my destiny now to bring her justice if the accused are condemned it will bring calm and peace to my soul.”

Khan, who said he had met his wife while they were students at high school, also suggested that Perveen had been helped in the murder by her brother and son, and was covering up for them.

It was the third such case involving burning over a three-month span.

An AFP reporter said Zeenat´s family home was closed and locked Thursday, as neighbours expressed their shock.

Zeenat had taught the holy Quran to local children, and the mother of one told AFP her daughter was frightened after the killing.

“Before sleeping she asked many questions: ´Why was my teacher killed? Why did her mum kill her?´” said Rani Bibi — who shared the common last name with Zeenat´s family of her ten-year-old Maham.

“I said, ´Don´t worry. You are my beloved daughter.´”

Courtesy : TheNews



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