Teenager set on fire for Refusing Marriage Proposal

A Pakistani teen, Maria Sadaqat has died after a group of men set her on fire because of a rejected marriage proposal.

The 19-year-old, who lived outside the Pakistani capital in Dewal, had burns on 85% of her body when she was admitted to the hospital in the Capital, Islamabad on Sunday after a group of men attack her in front of her home.

The deceased, who was a teacher at a private school in the village, died Wednesday.


Her uncle said that her brutal death came after she rejected a proposal to marry the owner of the school’s nephew.

Abdul Basit added that the potential match was a “divorcee twice her age” and said that his niece had resigned from her job because of harassment from the principal, according to The Hindu. Before she died, Sadaqat gave a statement saying that the principal was among the men who tortured her, covered her in gas and burned her alive.

Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission has said almost 1,100 women were killed in “honor killings” last year alone.

Police say they have made one arrest in the attack on Sadaqat.


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