Using anti-terror laws, judge also sentences brother to life in prison in country reeling from series of high-profile murders
LAHORE, Pakistan — A mother who murdered her own daughter and set her alight for marrying the man of her choice has been sentenced to death, officials said Tuesday, in a case that had revolted many in Pakistan.
Zeenat Bibi, aged 16, was doused with kerosene and set alight in June last year in Pakistan’s teeming cultural capital Lahore, a little over a week after she wed 20-year-old motorcycle mechanic Hasan Khan against her family’s wishes.
A judge in an anti-terror court in Lahore sentenced her mother Perveen Bibi to death on murder and terrorism charges, prosecutor Mian Mohammad Tufail told AFP.
She was charged under Pakistan’s terrorism laws rather than newly reformed criminal legislation against honor killings because of the use of kerosene in the murder, Tufail said.
Bibi also received a 14-year jail term and was fined one million rupees ($9,300) under separate counts related to the killing. Her son Mohammad Anees was jailed for life and fined 1.5 million rupees for his role in the killing, Tufail said.
Bibi’s son-in-law, the husband of another daughter, was acquitted, he said.