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Pakistani man burns alive 7 family members after daughter marries against his wishes

October 19, 2021
Rescue workers gather near the bodies of the victims in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, on October 17.
Rescue workers gather near the bodies of the victims in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, on October 17.

LAHORE — In a gruesome case of honour killing, a man in Pakistan allegedly burned alive seven members of his family, including two daughters and four grandchildren, because one of the women married against his wishes.

Police are looking for Manzoor Hussain after allegedly set fire to the home that sisters Fauzia Bibi and Khurshid Mai shared in a village in the Muzaffargargh district of central Pakistan, police official Abdul Majeed told Reuters by phone.

Mai's husband also died in the blaze, Majeed said.

Bibi had married Mehboob Ahmad about 18 months ago against her father's will in a so-called love marriage, according to the official.

"The incident is outcome of the rivalry between the two families over the love marriage," Majeed said.

Bibi's husband Ahmad told police he was not at home at the time of the fire and had found the house ablaze when he returned from work early in the morning.

Ahmad said his 4-month-old son had died, along with Mai's three children aged 2, 6, and 13.

Hundreds of women in Pakistan are killed by relatives every year for marrying without consent, or against their family's wishes, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. — Agencies


October 19, 2021
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