A Pakistani mother who boasted about burning her daughter alive in an honour killing after her teenage daughter ran away with a man has been sentenced to death.


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Parveen Rafiq tied up her daughter Zeenat, 18, with the help of her son while she was sleeping and then poured kerosene over her before setting her alight.

Mrs Rafiq then ran into the street and shouted: ‘People! I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name.’

The daughters crime in her mother’s eyes was getting married to a man of ‘Pashtun’ background which Mrs Rafiq and family did not approve of.

Prosecutor Abdur Rauf said judge Chaudhry Ilyas in eastern Lahore on Monday convicted Parveen Bibi of burning to death Zeenat Rafiq a week after her marriage to Hassan Khan last June. 

Rauf said the court sentenced the victim’s brother Anees Rafique to life in prison for helping his mother kill his 18-year-old sister.

Problems arose in the family when Zeenat told her them she wanted to marry Hassan Khan, who is of Pashtun background, while the Rafiq family is of Punjabi background.

The Rafiq family disapproved, saying they ‘would not allow their daughter to marry a Pashtun’, but Zeenat eloped with Hassan Khan without her families permission and the couple later married in a court magistrates.

Zeenat only returned home after promises were made that she would not be harmed and the family would hold an official celebration for the marriage.

Hassan Khan, Zeenat’s husband, said: ‘After living with me for four days following our marriage, her family contacted us and promised they would throw us a proper wedding party after eight days. Then we would be able live together.’

‘Zeenat was unwilling to go back to her home and told me that she would be killed by her family, but later agreed when one of her uncles guaranteed her safety.’

‘The day we eloped she had been abused, there was blood on her nose and on her lips,’ Hassan told CNN. ‘She was in distress; she asked me to take her away and marry her.’

‘After two days, she called me and said that her family had gone back on their word and asked me to come to get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.’

When Hassan returned to pick Zeenat up he found her body thrown out ‘on the stairs.’

Zeenat’s sister, who was not involved in the killing, said she blamed Zeenat for going against her families wishes but preferred the family cut ties with her rather than kill her.

Mrs Rafiq will now be executed for burning her daughter to death while her son Anees Rafique will serve life in prison for helping his mother kill his 18-year-old sister.