A woman in Pakistan has been sentenced to
death for burning her daughter alive in what she
describes as “honor killing”.
Parveen Bibi told a court in Punjab that she
killed her daughter “for bringing shame to her
family,” police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar
confirms to CNN. Parveen’s son Ahmer Rafique
was sentenced to life in prison for his role in
The late Rafique had been living with her new
husband for a month before she visited her
home in Lahore in the hopes of a reconciliation
with her family.
But when Rafique arrived, her mother and
brother tied her to a bed, poured gasoline and
set her on fire, police said.
Parveen then turned herself over to the
authorities but expressed no sorrow for actions.
According to the Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan, almost 300 women were victims of
such killings in the first half of 2016. In a 2015
report by the World Economic Forum, Pakistan
ranked 144 out of 145 countries on gender
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