Pakistani newlyweds decapitated by bride’s family in honor killing

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(CNN) — A young newlywed couple in northeastern Pakistan died a horrible death at the hands of the bride’s family in the latest honor killing in the nation, police in Pakistan said Saturday.

The couple, identified as Sajjad Ahmed, 26, and Muawia Bibi, 18, were married by a Pakistani court on June 18 against the wishes of the Bibi family, Punjab police official Mohammad Ahsanullah told CNN.

On Thursday, the bride’s father and uncles lured the couple back to the village of Satrah in Punjab province, where Ahsanullah said the pair were tied up and then decapitated.

Despite the fact that there were no outsides witnesses, family members turned themselves in to police and are now jailed in the Sialkot district of Punjab, Ahsanulluh said.

Such killings often originate from tribal traditions in Pakistan and usually happen in rural areas. Human rights activists said bystanders, including police, don’t often interfere because the killings are considered to be family matters.

According to the United Nations, some 5,000 women are murdered by family members in honor killings every year. However, women’s advocacy groups believe the crime is underreported and that the actual death toll from this all too common crime is actually much higher. In Pakistan, 869 women were victims of honor killings last year, according to the country’s human rights commission.

Earlier in June, 18-year-old Saba Masqood was found left for dead inside of a sack in a canal in Pakistan, injured by gunfire. She accused her brother and father of shooting her because they didn’t approve of her marriage to a neighbor. She survived, but many aren’t so lucky.

Last month, the death of a pregnant Pakistani woman made headlines around the world. Farzana Parveen, 25, was attacked with bricks by about 20 people, including members of her immediate family, police said. And her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, told CNN that he had killed his first wife six years ago so he could marry Parveen.

By Shelby Lin Erdman

CNN’s Sofia Saifi and Deborah E. Bloom contributed to this report.


  • malibujd44

    WOW!!!!! There are so many twisted sick minds out there sometimes I am afraid to leave my beautiful acre. I gotta stop reading this stuff…just means another sleepless night for me.

  • Bob

    The bride and groom weren’t abiding by tradition. Either they weren’t marrying their cousins, or the bride’s family didn’t want to pay up on the dowry of 3 goats.

  • Steven Sweeney

    Just more peaceful MUSLIMS which I can see liberal fox avoided the word.MUSLIMS kill women and kids daily. Slavery and 7 year old child brides are the norm for these MUSLIM savages.Liberals like bye bye short eyes excuse these scum just because they elected one president.MUSLIMS are the biggest danger to this planet and MUSLIMS must be stopped.

    • Fed Up

      Exactly Steven…..the truth does not fit Fox2’s “liberal narrative” which is why they feature stories like this from their fellow liberal media outlets like CNN.

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