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Woman arrested for killing pregnant daughter over love marriage

Woman arrested for killing pregnant daughter over love marriage

ISLAMABAD: Police say they have arrested a woman who is accused of killing her pregnant daughter for marrying against the wishes of her family near Gujranwala.

Police Official Arshad Mahamood said Saturday that the mother and her son slit the throat of 22-year-old Muqaddas Bibi in the village of Butranwali in Gujranwala district. Bibi had a 10-month old daughter and was seven months pregnant when she was killed.

He said Muqaddas was lured into her parental home before she was killed on Friday. Her husband Mohammed Tofeeq reported the murder.

Violence against women is not uncommon in Pakistan where nearly 1,000 women are killed each year in so-called “honour killings” for violating conservative norms on love and marriage.

Last week sixteen year-old Zeenat Bibi was killed in Lahore by her mother for marrying a man of her own choice in a case that sparked condemnation throughout the country.

It was swiftly followed by another killing, of a couple in Lahore who married without their family's consent. On Sunday a young girl was killed by her brother for insisting on marrying the man of her choice in Sialkot.

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