A 21-year-old girl who was forced to marry a man she did not love as she was allegedly in love with another man has ended up killing 15 family members.
This happened in Daulat Paur area in Muzaffargarh in Pakistan and was reported to the authorities on Sunday.
The young lady who goes by the name Aasia Bibi on October 24, put poison in a glass of milk for her husband, Amjad Akram, who refused to drink the milk.
The young lady’s mother-in-law used the tainted milk to make a drink for some family members who later started showing poisoning symptoms after drinking the beverage — 27 people in all were served with the beverage.
They were all rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.15 out of the 27 people who drunk the beverage have since passed away with the remaining 12 still in critical condition.
“Aasia was forced to marry Amjad against her will. She was not happy and came back to her parent’s house after a few days into marriage but her family forcibly sent her back to her in-laws’ house,” said a senior police officer in Muzaffargarh.
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According to him, “Aasia concocted the plot to avenge being married against her will and was provided with poisonous substance by her alleged lover, Shahid Lashari. But the plot went awry when Aasia’s husband did not drink the glass of milk she handed to him. Instead, her mother-in-law used the tainted milk to make the beverage.”
The police went on further to say that, Aasia had initially told them a lizard had fallen into the milk, poisoning it — but she later confessed to the police about the role she played in the plot to kill her husband.
The police have since made some arrests in connection with the incident and investigations are still ongoing.
It is estimated that 21% of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18.
Child marriage in Pakistan is connected with tradition, culture, and customary practices. It sometimes involves the transfer of money, settlement of debts or exchange of daughters sanctioned by the council of elders from the community.