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Young Pakistani woman burned alive by jilted man after she rejected his marriage proposal

Agence France Presse - June 30, 2014

A teenage woman has been burned alive in Pakistan after she turned down a man's marriage proposal.

It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan's Punjab province within days, after a 17-year-old girl and her husband were murdered by a group of relatives for marrying against their wishes.

Police say the latest incident took place in a village which is part of Toba Tek Singh town. Sidra Shaukat, 18, was at home without her parents when 22-year-old Fayyaz Aslam entered her house, doused her with petrol and set her alight, Mohammad Akram, a police official said.

"She was taken to a local hospital which referred her to the main hospital but she died before reaching there," Mr Akram said.

Aslam has been arrested. "The boy loved her and had also sent a proposal to marry her, but that was rejected by her family," Mr Akram said.

Sidra's father, Shaukat Ali, confirmed the killing and accused Aslam of harassing his daughter. "He used to harass my daughter... he threatened dire consequences after we asked him to avoid coming again," according to Mr Ali.

Another teenager, Maafia Bibi, 17, and her 31-year-old husband Muhammad Sajjad were murdered by Bibi's father, her two uncles, grandfather and mother on Thursday night for marrying against their wishes in Daska town.

Source: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-06-30/young-pakistani-woman-burned-alive-by-jilted-man-after-she-rejected-his-marriage-proposal/1335052.

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