Family kills seven months pregnant woman ‘for honour’ near Gujranwala

In this March 2, 2015 photo, Klara Balogova is silhouetted against a window at a Roma settlement near Kralovsky Chlmec, Slovakia. Balogova was 18, penniless and pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. Each year, dozens of women from the poorer corners of eastern Europe are lured to travel to western Europe for sham marriages with men who pay large sums because they want to live, work or claim benefits more easily in their chosen country and move freely within Europe. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Muqaddas Bibi, a resident of Butranwali near Gujranwala, married Taufiq Ahmed three years ago in defiance of her family, who considered a marriage for love ─ rather than an arranged marriage ─ shameful, police investigator Mohammad Arshad told AFP.

Bibi’s ties with her family were severed after the marriage, Arshad said, but her mother and brother allegedly approached her at a clinic where she was having a check-up on Thursday and convinced her to come home, saying they accepted her decision.

Local police station chief Gohar Abbas said that when Bibi reached her parents’ house, her father, brother and mother cut her throat with a knife and she died on the spot.

Bibi had a 10-month old daughter and was seven months pregnant when she was killed, he added.

An earlier version of this story appeared in Dawn, which did not mention that Muqaddas was seven months pregnant.

Abbas said that her family fled from their house after the murder in the village of Butranwali, some 75 kilometres north of Lahore.

Police are hunting for them and have already detained another relative for inciting the killing, he said.

Last week sixteen year-old Zeenat Bibi was killed in Lahore by her mother for marrying a man of her own choice in a case that sparked condemnation throughout the country.

It was swiftly followed by another killing, of a couple in Lahore who married without their family’s consent. On Sunday a young girl was killed by her brother for insisting on marrying the man of her choice in Sialkot-DN

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