An 18-year-old girl, Saba Maqsood, was shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved, police in Pakistan has said.
According to a spokesman for police in Hafizabad, Punjab province, Ali Akbar, the teenager, who miraculously survived the gunshots, was attacked by her father, uncle, brother and aunt before she was tossed into the canal.
It comes just a week-and-a-half after the broad daylight ‘honour killing’ of another woman in a Pakistani city drew worldwide condemnation.
Mr Akbar told Reuters that this latest case was also ‘an honour-related incident’.
‘The victim, Saba, married her neighbour Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family,’ he said.
‘They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead.’
It was gathered from Akbar that the victim was wounded in her cheek and her right hand.
“She is a brave girl. She came out of the canal and approached a nearby fuel station from where a rescue team rushed her to hospital,” he said.
Akbar also claimed he had a recorded statement from Ms Maqsood in which she blamed her family for the attack.
Meanwhile, reports stated that when Police raided her father’s home in the nearby city of Gujranwala, all the suspects had disappeared.
Many conservative Pakistani families believe it is not honourable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband. Women from such families are expected to agree to arranged marriages. Refusal can lead to honour killings.
Last month a Pakistani woman called Farzana Iqbal was attacked and killed by suspected family members because she had married the man she loved.
The case drew intense global attention, including condemnation from the United Nations, in part because it the killing was so brazen. It happened in the centre of the city of Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural capital.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 869 such cases were reported in the media in 2013 but the true figure is believed to be higher because many other incidents remain unreported.
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