16-Year-Old Girl Burnt Alive In Pakistan For Helping Couple Elope

Friday, 06 May 2016 - 13:30

16-Year-Old+Girl+Burnt+Alive+In+Pakistan+For+Helping+Couple+Elope

Police in Pakistan say village elders ordered the murder of a teenage girl because she had helped a school friend to elope.

The 16-year-old was kidnapped from her home near Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and put inside a vehicle that was set alight, Pakistan media reports.

Graphic images of her body have been circulated on social media.

Police say the victim's mother and the leader of the local council, or jirga, are among several people arrested.

The killing has been linked to orders given last week by the jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, in Makol village, reportedly.

According to police, the 15-member jirga had ordered the girl, named as Amber, to be killed and set alight as punishment for helping her friend to marry of her own free will.

The girl was kidnapped, drugged and killed and then placed in the back seat of a parked van that was doused with petrol and set on fire.

Other media reports said the victim was still alive when the van was set alight.

Last year, nearly 1,100 women were killed by relatives who believed they had dishonored their families, a report by the country's independent Human Rights Commission said.

In February, Punjab, the country's largest province, passed a landmark law criminalizing all forms of violence against women.



 Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first
Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 9:29

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first against West Indies in the 1st ODI, played at SSC. Read More

UNP led Alliance to announce symbol after March 2nd
Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 8:30

UNP Parliamentarian Ashok Abeysinghe says that the symbol of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya will be announced after the 2nd of March. Speaking to our news... Read More

Sri Lankans in Korea not affected by Coronavirus - Hotline to provide information
Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 8:27

The Ministry of External Affairs said that even though COVID-19 has been rapidly spreading in Korea, no Sri Lankans have been affected thus far. The Sri... Read More