Post-mortem reveals electrocution, torture marks on bodies of Karachi couple murdered by family for ‘honor’

September 14, 2017
Published in Pakistan

KARACHI: A post-mortem examination revealed on Wednesday that the bodies of the teenage couple feared to have been murdered by their families in Karachi bore electrocution and torture marks, officials said.

“There were visible signs of electric shock and torture on both the bodies,” said Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi, the additional police surgeon of Civil Hospital, Karachi. The bodies of the girl, 15, and the boy, 17, were exhumed from the Mauladad graveyard in Sherpao Colony in the presence of Azhar Ali Kalhoro, a judicial magistrate, and a team of doctors and police officials.

According to Shah Latif Town Police Investigating Officer (IO) Ghulam Asghar Shaikh, the girl and the boy fled their homes on August 14 and stayed at the home of a relative in Sherpao Colony as they intended to marry of their own will. The relative, however, informed the parents of the two, who then took them away.

Next, a jirga comprising 30 to 35 members was held, presided over by a local tribal elder identified as Sartaj, the IO said. Following the jirga, the girl was electrocuted at around 11pm on August 15, while the boy was electrocuted around 3am on August 16, the IO added.

Police got wind of the case through an informant and subsequently filed a first information report on behalf of the state, after which four accused ─ the fathers and uncles of the victims ─ were arrested on August 21.

According to IO Shaikh, the accused, who had confessed to the crime, said he regretted killing the children, adding that they were under the pressure of the Jirga, which urged them to murder the pair in order to protect the 'honor' of their tribe.
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Story first published: 14th September 2017


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