Pakistan : Girl burned alive for refusing marriage propasal


Islamabad :  An 18-year-old Pakistani schoolteacher died Wednesday from injuries after her body was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal, police said. Maria Sadaqat, 19, was attacked on Monday in Upper Dewal village of Murree hill resort in Punjab Province. Abdul Basit, her uncle, told the media outside a hospital that she was pressed for marriage by the owner of a local private school where she used to teach. She had resigned due to the harassment by the school principal, a divorcee who was twice her age. "He attacked her with accomplices on Monday. First she was tortured and then doused in petrol and set on fire," said Basit.

She was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85 per cent burn injuries. Three people were arrested Wednesday in Islamabad in connection with the teenager's killing, said Nabeela Ghazanfar, Punjab police spokesman.An arrest warrant is out for a fourth individual, according to the Murree police inspector.

The chief minister of Punjab province has assigned a three-member team to investigate the case, according to the Punjab police. Violence against women remains rampant in the country, according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.