A Pakistani woman, Asiya Bibi, who was forced into an arranged marriage by her family in September, has served and killed her husband and 12 of his relatives with a poisoned yoghurt drink.
A Senior Police Officer, Owais Ahmad, told reporters in central Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district on Monday that the woman has been arrested and charged with murder along with her alleged lover.
Police said the woman mixed poison into her husband’s milk last week but he initially failed to drink it and it was instead blended into a batch of yoghurt-based lassi and served to the man’s family.
According to him, thirteen people have so far died, including the husband, while a further 14 have been hospitalised.
“Police have arrested Asiya Bibi, a man and his aunt for being accomplices and charged them with murder,” Ahmad said.
He said the man was allegedly Bibi’s lover and that his aunt helped hatch the murder plot.
Forced and under-age marriages are common in deeply conservative Pakistan, particularly in rural and impoverished regions, where women have fought for their rights for decades.
Source – AFP