A teenage girl was reportedly burnt to death by her uncle after her father refused to allow her to marry her cousin.
Mohammad Yousuf has not accepted a proposal from his brother Mohammad Yaqoob, who wanted 14-year-old Sadia to tie the knot with his son in Chiniot, Punjab, a state in Pakistan.
Yousuf had promised his daughter to another family member a few weeks earlier, reports Gulf News.
As a result, the uncle hid in Sadia’s empty family home on Friday before dousing her with gasoline and lighting her when she returned home.
He then left her alone with her injuries, police said.
However, she managed to go out and get the attention of someone who took her to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
The family, including her parents, had reportedly tried to hide what had happened, bury the body, and claimed to have been killed in a cylinder blast, according to reports.
But the police noticed inconsistencies in her parents’ accounts and eventually arrested the uncle and confessed to the crime after an interrogation.
It seems to be a case of “honor killing” in which someone is murdered by their own relatives who think they have disgraced the family.
They are still common in parts of South Asia and the Middle East, where women make up the vast majority of victims.
Earlier this month, it was reported that a man was charged with stoning his 24-year-old wife with the help of his brother in a so-called “honor killing.”
The victim’s mutilated body was found on June 27 near the Indus Highway, near the village of Wadda Chacha in Pakistan.
The woman, identified only as Waziran in foreign media, is said to have been murdered in the city of Jamshoro in Pakistan’s Sindh district.