Teen 'electrocuted' by family

2011-01-23 14:29

Islamabad - Relatives of a teenage Pakistani girl have apparently electrocuted her for falling in love with a man they did not approve of, police said on Sunday.

Elders and the family of Saima Bibi, 17, decided after a meeting of a village council, or panchayat, that her punishment for shaming the family should be death, police said.

"There are signs of torture and burns on her neck, back and hands which are most probably caused by electrocution," said the police official, Zahoor Rabbani, from Bahawalpur district in east Pakistan where the alleged killing took place. He was speaking to Reuters by telephone.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani took "serious notice" of the "the sad incident of the killing of a girl by electric current on the orders of the panchayat", and ordered police to immediately submit a report, his office said.

Honour killing

Bibi's death appeared to be what is known as an honour killing. They are common in rural areas where, under centuries-old tribal customs, getting married without permission of male relatives or having sex outside marriage is deemed a serious slight to the honour of the family or the tribe.

Hundreds of people, mostly women, are killed in Pakistan in the name of "honour" every year, with the majority of victims from poor, rural families.

Pakistan's independent Human Rights Commission said in its latest report that nearly 650 women were killed in that way in 2009.

Talha Nadeem, a doctor in a local hospital, said the cause of Bibi's death had yet to be determined.

A woman is stigmatised as a "kari", or "black woman", if she is accused of having sex outside of marriage.

Tribal custom

Her killing would be justified under tribal customs. 

Bibi fell in love with her neighbour, Dilawar, and eloped to Pakistan's biggest city Karachi this month, Rabbani said.

Her relatives persuaded her to return to her home on the promise that she would be allowed to marry him.

"Her father, uncles and other relatives later refused to fulfil her wish because they said the boy comes from a lower caste," he said.

"Her uncles and other influential people killed her when she refused to marry according to their will."

Police raided Bibi's village home on a tip from a villager who said her relatives were telling people that she had committed a suicide and they were burying her. Rabbani said Bibi's father, Abdul Majeed, and an uncle had been detained.

  • Dean - 2011-01-23 14:56

    Very sad... What honour can you possibly "protect" by killing a young girl for falling in love? Where is the honour in that? It is a cruel world we live in.

      CITIZEN - 2011-01-23 15:12

      Dean in the time of the bible if you had sex beofre marraige you were stone to death for adultry although i think it is cruel and sick everybody got their believes she should not have returned to her parents house it is very sad she died in such cruel manner but 17years old she should be in school

      Telara - 2011-01-31 14:44

      @ CITIZEN - adultery is sex outside of marriage, you're refering to fornication...

  • rottie4 - 2011-01-23 15:30

    And they call our ethnic community barbaric!!!

  • rottie4 - 2011-01-23 15:31

    And they call our ethnic community barbaric!!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-01-23 16:26

    This is not Islam, but tribal custom and misplaced patriarchy. I admire the Pakistan government for attempting to bring its very backward trabes into the 21st century. If these men continue this way, they will eventually commit suicide as there will be no women left.

      nawhaalcoenraad - 2011-01-24 10:12

      @lcarus - As JudithKnwe rightly noted, this is not Islam - and anyone who actually knows what they are talking about would know that too - furthermore nothing in this article makes ANY reference to religion but to 'centuries-old tribal customs' - So Please keep your personal agendas to yourself and stop blogging for the sake of spreading falsehoods

  • NO-BULL - 2011-01-24 08:08

    Any culture that finds it acceptable to murder someone is not worthy of being called human and deserves to be treated like dogs and pigs. "It is our culture" and "it was done in the days of Mohammad" and "our scriptures say so" ... I mean what kind of a reason is THAT? In the old days they amputated limbs because they didn't know any better. Now they have gained knowledge and are able to save limbs... but hey, in the old days they would have amputated so mutilate the person already... It's only his one and only body... it's not ours, so go ahead and mutilate him already. In the old days you would get a wife by beating her over the head with a club. Nowadays we are more advanced and just put masks over women's faces and tell them to hide in the closet because a man cannot be in the same room as a woman... or else we will kill her for the sake of honor... But remember, if we are killing you for honor, we can't be merciful... you must suffer as much as you can before you die... and just because we extend your life by a few hours while we think up new ways to torture you to death, don't think that we are enjoying it... no, it is for the sake of honor that we electrocute you... just like they did in the time of the profit... yes, we are following the exact example set for us by electrocuting you to death ... eventually. We are a peace loving people. ...and the worst thing is, these f*ckers would read this post and go "yes? Of course... What's your point?"

      NO-BULL - 2011-01-24 08:17

      Let's take a poll... Which of these is NOT acceptable in civilized society? 1. We will tell you who to give yourself to. If you fall in love with someone else, we will torture you to death. 2. If you give your body to a man of your own will, not ours, we will torture you to death. 3. If you show your face in public, we torture you to death. 4. If you don't love every single word in my favorite book, we will torture you to death. 5. We will sell you a 6 year old girl to be a paedophile with because it was done 2000 years ago. Practice being a loving person on her. 6. You do not have any free will because you are a woman. You will do as we say and hide yourself from the eyes of the world. Women don't need education, they just need to know how to cook, spread their legs and look after the children. You will not choose who you spread your legs for, that will be decided by the person who takes the money,usually your father. 7. If you have an opinion that any of the above statements is wrong in any way at all, we will torture you to death.

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-01-24 08:21

    This is a backward nation and religion. Whats the bet that no action is taken againts those that did this deed. If this is how they treat their own imagine what they will do to others. In these communities woman are treated worst than animals. They are slaves (both sexual and labour) to men. They have no rights whatsoever and are there to do the bidding of men. By the time they are in the late twenties they are physically drained and the man moves on to the next young girl to live out his lust and to brutalise her and so the cycle continues.

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