Thir­teen dead as woman tries to kill hus­band with poi­soned milk

Irish Independent - - World News - Mem­phis Barker

A PAK­ISTANI woman has been ar­rested af­ter a plot to mur­der her hus­band with a poi­soned glass of milk led to the death of 13 fam­ily mem­bers.

The woman’s mother-in­law used the tainted milk to make lassi, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, af­ter her hus­band re­fused the glass. A to­tal of 27 peo­ple, in­clud­ing sev­eral chil­dren, suf­fered poi­son­ing from the yo­ghurt-based drink.

Po­lice in Muzaf­far­garh, a city in south Pun­jab, say that Asiya Bibi con­cocted the plot to “avenge” be­ing mar­ried against her wishes two months ago.

Af­ter an ear­lier at­tempt to flee to her par­ents’ home was foiled, she was pro­vided with poi­son by her al­leged lover, said Muzaf­far­garh dis­trict po­lice of­fi­cer Nazim Ali.

But the plot went awry when her hus­band Am­jad did not drink the glass of milk she handed to him, Mr Ali said.

In­stead, her mother-in-law poured the poi­soned sub­stance into a vat kept by the fam­ily, and drew from it the next day to make lassi and but­ter.

Ini­tially, it was claimed that a lizard had fallen into the milk, poi­son­ing it. But ac­cord­ing to po­lice, his wife con­fessed her role while in cus­tody.

Although Pak­istan re­cently strength­ened laws de­signed to pre­vent child mar­riage and forced con­ver­sion, there is lit­tle le­gal rem­edy for women who re­ject a part­ner cho­sen for them by their fam­ily. (© Daily Tele­graph Lon­don)

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