Po­lice holds all sus­pect killers of school­teacher

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

MUR­REE—Po­lice an­nounced Fri­day that all five sus­pects in the bru­tal killing of a 19-year-old school­teacher who was tor­tured, doused with gaso­line and set on fire ear­lier this week for re­fus­ing to marry a man twice her age are now in cus­tody.

Be­fore she died, Maria Bibi had given a state­ment to po­lice, say­ing five at­tack­ers had stormed her house in the town of Up­per Dewal on Mon­day, dragged her to an open area and kicked her as though she were a ‘foot­ball.’

She was brought to PIMS in Is­lam­abad in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and later died. The at­tack­ers fled af­ter the as­sault. Bibi’s fam­ily has main­tained that she was killed for re­ject­ing a mar­riage pro­posal from a man who owned a school and wanted her to marry his son.

Po­lice of­fi­cial Wa­heed Ahmed said Fri­day that three more sus­pects in the case were ar­rested early in the morn­ing, fol­low­ing the two ar­rests made the day be­fore. He iden­ti­fied the prime sus­pect in the case as Shaukat, the owner of the school who is nearly 60 years old and whose son, a man about 40 years old and al­ready mar­ried, was the in­tended groom.

‘The un­for­tu­nate woman Maria Bibi in her state­ment in­sisted that Shaukat and four other men dragged her from the door of her home and tor­tured and burned her. We have ar­rested all the five men,’ Ahmed said.

Bibi’s fa­ther Sadaqat Hus­sain Ab­bas praised the po­lice for the ar­rests and asked the govern­ment in an emo­tional plea on Fri­day to ex­e­cute the men in his fam­ily’s pres­ence in the same way they had killed Bibi.

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