A Pakistani woman in the neighbourhood of Lahore burned her 17 years old daughter on Wednesday for running away and marrying without her family’s permission.

The mother reportedly made no attempt to hide her crime, shouting to neighbours that she had killed her daughter for supposedly dishonouring her family.

The deceased teenage girl, Zeenat ran away with and married Hassan Khan last week, angering her Punjabi family who were furious that she had married an ethnic Pashtun without permission.

According to her husband, she was tricked into coming home by her mother’s promise to organise a proper wedding ceremony.

He 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.

“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.

“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.”

Lahore police have since arrested Zeenat’s mother and said they are looking for her brother, who had recently flown in from Dubai.

Author: Ope Adedeji