Pakistani Mom Invites Daughter to 'Wedding Reception,' Burns Her Alive For Picking Own Husband

Chris Menahan
Jan. 18, 2017

All cultures are equal, therefor we are not allowed to judge.

From The Washington Post:
Zeenat Rafiq had been married to her husband for just one week when her mother showed up at the couple's home in June offering to throw them a wedding celebration.

It must have been strange for the 18-year-old Pakistani woman. Her mother, Perveen Bibi, had never approved of her relationship with Hassan Khan, a classmate. Nor had other members of the family, who had rejected multiple marriage proposals from her husband before the couple eloped.

But now, all was forgiven, her mother told her. Come home to celebrate so you're not branded as an eloper.

Rafiq nervously agreed.

But there was no celebration on her return to the family's home in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead, her mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.

After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled, "I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name," the mother's sister told Agence France-Presse at the time.

Authorities arrested the mother and later Rafiq's brother, Anees Rafiq, and charged them in the young woman's death. The mother confessed almost immediately, telling police, "I have no regrets," according to the Associated Press.

On Monday, Bibi was sentenced to death and Anees Rafiq to life in prison for killing Zeenat Rafiq, the AP reported. A defense attorney for Rafiq told the AP his client was innocent.
Amazingly, the Post manages to go the entire article without ever mentioning Islam.

Fortunately, we have RT:
The executions of women for fraternizing with men or other violations of strict Muslim rules have turned into an epidemic in the country. At least, 1,276 incidents of “honor killings” took place in the country between February 2014 and February 2016, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said.
The UN estimates there's over 5,000 a year.
The Pakistani parliament finally closed the loophole that allowed perpetrators of “honor killings” to avoid punishment in October, three months after the murder of social media star, Qandeel Baloch, who was strangled by her own brother.

The perpetrators previously managed to avoid prosecution by asking the relatives of the victims for forgiveness. However, under the new legislation, even those pardoned would still have to spend the rest of their life behind bars.
I don't know about you, but the first thing which comes to my mind when reading stories like this is: "we need that culture to enrich us here in the West."

Funny thing is, they probably wanted her to marry her cousin.

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