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

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