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Pakistan: Mother burns daughter alive for marrying against family wishes

In a horrific case of so-called "honor killings" a Pakistani woman burned her 17-year-old daughter alive on Wednesday to punish her for marrying against the wishes of family."Honor killings" are quite rampant in Pakistan, claiming the lives of nearly 1,000 women every year.

Pakistan: Mother burns daughter alive for marrying against family wishes

According to police, Zeenat Rafiq was tied to a cot by her mother, Parveen, who then drenched her with kerosene before lighting her on fire. Neighbors in the working-class neighborhood in Lahore tried to rescue the girl when they heard the screams, but they were not allowed by the family members to enter the house.

The police eventually arrived and Zeenat's completely charred body was found near a staircase. The mother was arrested.

The victim's husband, Hassan Khan, told reporters the two had been "in love since our school days" but several marriage proposals had been rejected by the family, forcing them to elope last month. He showed an affidavit of consent signed by his wife before a magistrate.

Sheikh Hammad, a local police official, said Parveen admitted that she killed Zeenat with the help of her son Ahmar. He quoted the woman as saying "I don't have any regrets." Police also said the body showed signs of beating and strangulation.

Few weeks ago, 13 members of a local tribal council were arrested by the police for strangling a girl and setting her on fire for helping a friend elope. The burnt body of Ambreen Riasat, 17, was found in a burned van.