Pakistan: Young woman tortured and burnt alive for refusing a marriage proposal

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In 2015, nearly 1,000 women were killed in Pakistan due to “honour” killings. Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, said in April, "The predominant causes of these killings in 2015 were domestic disputes, alleged illicit relations and exercising the right of choice in marriage."

Maria Sadaqat, a 19-year-old former teacher at a private school was attacked by a group of men on Monday after she refused to marry the school principal’s son


Maria Sadaqat, a 19-year-old woman was tortured and burnt alive, after she refused a marriage proposal.

The young woman, former teacher at a private school, was taken to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on 31 March, after being tortured by the family of the would-be-groom and on Wednesday she succumbed to her injuries. Ayesha Isani, a PIMS spokeswoman said that the young woman suffered “severe burns.”

Sadaqat was teaching at a private school in Upper Dewal, a village near Isla...


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