A 14-year-old girl died tragically after she was doused in petrol and set on fire by her uncle after her father barred her from marrying her cousin in Pakistan.
The girl’s father Mohammad Yousuf was said to have turned down a marriage proposal from his brother Mohammad Yaqoob, who wanted to wed the 14-year-old girl, named Sadia, to his son in Chiniot, Punjab.
According to Gulf News, the father had already promised his daughter to another relative two months earlier.
Police said last Friday that the uncle was lurking until Sadia returned to her family home and doused the teen in petrol before setting her alight. They added that she was left alone with her injuries and that no one was in the house.
After the attack, the helpless girl managed to escape from her home and was rushed to hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Reports say the parents and other family members tried to cover up the crime by telling people that the girl had been injured and died in a horrific cylinder blast.
Police found contradicting factors in the statements of her parents and in-laws and eventually took the uncle into custody. He confessed during questioning.
The latest tragic incident comes a month after the body of a 24-year-old woman was found after she was stoned to death in an honour killing in Pakistan.