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Pakistani Girl Declines Marriage, Mob Beats Her, Sets Her On Fire

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

A 19-year-old school teacher in Pakistan was beaten and set on fire by a mob of local of men June 2, after they became infuriated when she refused a marriage proposal from a prominent local leader’s son.

The young girl reportedly fell in love with the son of the man who owned the academy in which she was employed. The owner’s son proposed marriage to her despite already having a wife and young daughter. While polygamy is legal in Pakistan the young girl rebuffed his offer.

The owner of the academy reportedly pressured and then threatened the young girl to marry his son. The young girl was so disturbed by the treatment she left her job at the school and returned home. She was first attacked by a mob of men who kicked her repeatedly “like a football” in her own words. Despite reporting the incident to the police, a few days later, they attacked her again.

The second attack came while the young girl was at home without her mother.  A mob of men stormed her home, dragged her outside, doused her in kerosene, and lit a match. She was left with severe burns over 80 percent of her body and succumbed to her wounds June 2.

The Pakistani Human Rights Commission estimates nearly 3,000 young girls were killed in honor killings from 2008-2014. The Aurat Foundation, a Pakistani based human rights group, puts the estimate even higher and believes nearly 1,000 young girls are killed annually because of the barbaric practice.

Despite a 2004 law outlawing honor killing the Aurat foundation found little to no evidence of a decrease in the number of young girls killed. Authorities rarely are unable to take action against the   In April 2016, a young girl was drugged, suffocated, and then set on fire in a car after helping another couple elope. The orders for her murder reportedly came from the local council of elders.

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