The heart-wrenching incident took place in Factory Area where Zeenat’s mother and brothers doused her with kerosene and set her up on fire.
Zeenat was shifted to a local hospital in critical condition but could not survive the ordeal and succumbed to her wounds.
Police took the mother of the 17-year-old’s mother into its custody while her brothers managed to flee. According to police officials, Zeenat’s mother has already admitted that she killed her daughter because she had married a man of her choice
Zeenat had solemnized her marriage a week ago with a man named Hassan in her neighbourhood, which had displeased her family members.
Her husband, Hassan, said that Zeenat was living with him after the marriage. Recently she had reconciled with her mother who offered to arrange her marriage in an honourable way. Zeenat went to her mother’s house where she was allegedly killed by them.
This is one the several fates which awaits women across Pakistan which exercise freewill in the patriarchal society. Every year thousands of women are violently attacked and beaten, sexually assaulted, doused with acid or set on fire for daring to make her life decisions.
These women become symbols of victims of the medieval mindsets present in our society and the atrocities committed against them. The major of the victims have no legal recourse and women have limited choices to escape from violent situations.
Domestic violence is an endemic social problem in the society and is seldom seen as a crime by law-enforcement agencies. It is only the most horrific cases which are seen reported and get media attention.
It is estimated that more than 5000 women are killed every due from domestic violence. A report of the Human Rights Watch revealed that around seventy percent of women have suffered abuse at some point in their lives.
A few days ago a teenage girl was also set on fire in Murree by three unknown men for refusing a marriage proposal.