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Pakistan woman beaten, burned to death for refusing proposal

Pakistan woman beaten, burned to death for refusing proposal Pakistan woman beaten, burned to death for refusing proposal
Melinda Barton | 01 June, 2016, 22:56

A 19-years old school teacher named Maria died on Wednesday as she was set on fire because she and her parents rejected a marriage proposal to school master in Murree.

A teenage female teacher who was burned alive by a mob in Murree over marital dispute succumbed to her injuries, while undergoing treatment today.

According to her father, resident of Dewal Sharif, was alone at home when 5 men including Master Shaukat entered the house and started beating the girl.

Dr Asher said: "She should have been brought to the hospital within one hour, but the victim reached the hospital after the lapse of many hours, which minimised her chances of survival considerably".

Campaigners say attacks against women who refuse marriage proposals are common in Pakistan.

The chief minister of Punjab province has assigned a three-member team to investigate the case, according to the Punjab police. Police told the BBC that the men beat her and doused her in petrol before setting her alight near the hill resort of Murree, not far from the capital. Ihsani said that despite the severity of her injuries, the woman's condition is stable and improving.

A woman believed to be aged between 16 and 18 was drugged, strangled, and her body burnt on the orders of a village jirga (council) in northwest Pakistan on April 29, allegedly for helping a friend to elope with her lover.

Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour. However; later on, the victim's family members ended the protest and took the body to their hometown.