Sunday, alleged suspects set fire to houses in Meevo Kaladi village near Rohri in Sukkur. As a result of the fire, 12 houses were completely destroyed and a four-year-old girl died, the media reported.
According to media reports, the firefighters reached the scene and put out the fire. The burnt four-year-old girl was also shifted to the hospital. Authorities are yet to investigate the cause of the fire.
However, victims of the fire told the media that a girl named Sughra Chohan had two days ago eloped from her house with a man Moin Panhwar and solemnized a love marriage. In retaliation, the Chohan clan to which the girl belonged, set fire to the houses of Moin Panhwar.
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Pakistan’s issue with love marriages
Important to note that intolerance toward love marriage still persists in some segments of Pakistani society, especially inter-tribe free-will marriages. As a result, couples are forced to run away from homes and elope, which too is considered “dishonorable”.
Such measures usually lead to honor killing. For instance, in 2019, a woman was allegedly shot dead by her brother in Karachi’s Saeedabad neighborhood after contracting a free-will marriage. According to details, the slain woman belonged to the Rind tribe while her husband hails from the Brohi tribe.
in Karachi's Korangi today, man and a girl have been killed in what has been reported as honor killing,
both were stoned to death for love marriage, killers REPORTEDLY belong to Sindh's Larkana
— خالد (@khalid_pk) August 5, 2020
In a similar incident, in 2021, a couple who got married of their own choice was shot dead by the woman’s brothers in Jaranwala tehsil. The brothers killed both of them in resentment.
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Recently, a couple was killed in Peshawar allegedly over a love marriage. Bodies of a couple were found near Sufaid Sang Road within the limits of Pir Bala Police Station a week ago. Acting on information about the presence of two bodies alongside a road, the police team reached the spot and recovered both the bodies that were later sent to Khyber Medical College through Edhi ambulance.