A group of men in Pakistan has actually been apprehended and will face trial for the brutal honor killing of a 16-year-old girl.
It was reported that the tribal council, or local government of the village of Donga Gali, about 30 miles northeast of Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad, had voted and decided to kill the girl. Approximately 15 members of the council participated in her death.
The girl was killed for allegedly helping another couple elope from a nearby village.
The victim, only known as Ambreen, was taken from her home to an abandoned home where she was drugged and placed unconscious in the backseat of a parked van. Her hands were reportedly tied to the seats to prevent escape before the vehicle was doused in gasoline and set ablaze.
The teen’s burned body was found by authorities last week. District police arrested 13 of the 15 individuals involved in the killing May 5.
The 13 people arrested, which include the victim’s mother and brother, will be tried in an Anti-Terrorism Court.
Two weeks ago, Ambreen assisted a local couple elope and leave Makol for the Pakistani city of Abottabad. When the members of the jirga realized the couple was missing, they called a 6-hour meeting April 28, during which they agreed to kill the girl as punishment for damaging the village’s reputation.
Police reported that when they found the body, she was almost unrecognizable. Her charred remains were left there as a warning.
The Pakistani government has been battling these types of traditions all over the country. As the government struggles to modernize, the population, which is mostly poor, is resisting the changes.