Mother gets death penalty for burning daughter alive after free-will marriage

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore on Monday sentenced a mother to death in a case of ‘honour killing’ for burning her daughter alive in June 2016 after she contracted a ‘free-will marriage’.

18-year-old Zeenat Rafiq of Lahore’s Factory Area was set on fire by her mother Parveen Bibi more than a week after the girl reportedly eloped with Hasan Khan to marry him before a court in Lahore.

Parveen Bibi had earlier confessed she had murdered her daughter for “bringing shame to the family”.

ATC-IV judge Azam Chaudhry on Monday sentenced Parveen to death in the ‘honour killing’ case, and sentenced Zeenat’s brother Anees to life in prison.

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