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Pakistan girl dies after suitor sets her on fire

AFP-JIJI

A teenage girl died in Pakistan after being doused in gasoline and set alight by a man who wanted to marry her but whose proposal had been rejected, police said Sunday.

It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan’s Punjab province within days, following that of a 17-year-old girl and her husband who were murdered by a group of relatives for marrying against their wishes.

The latest incident took place Saturday in a suburb of Toba Tek Singh, a town 100 km from Lahore.

Sidra Shaukat, 18, was at home without her parents when 22-year-old Fayyaz Aslam entered her house, doused her with gasoline and set her alight, Mohammad Akram, a police official said.

Aslam has been arrested and a case opened against him.

“The boy loved her and had also sent a proposal to marry her, but that was rejected by her family,” Akram said.

Sidra’s father, Shaukat Ali, confirmed the killing and accused Aslam of harassing his daughter.

“He used to harass my daughter — yesterday he came in the afternoon and threatened dire consequences after we asked him to avoid coming again,” Ali said.

Another teenager, Maafia Bibi, 17, and her 31-year-old husband, Muhammad Sajjad, were murdered by Bibi’s father, her two uncles, grandfather and mother last Thursday night for marrying against their wishes in Daska town.