Honor killing or dual suicide?

Khadijah Shah

TOBA TEK SINGH, PAKISTAN, Oct. 8: Police are looking into the deaths of a newly-wed woman and her brother-in-law, who according to their family, committed suicide on Wednesday.

Family sources say both Uzma and her husband’s younger brother, Ghulam Raza, had allegedly promised to marry each other, but Uzma was married to Amer Shahzad, the elder brother to Raza, without her consent one month ago.

After marriage, Shahzad went to Dubai for job, and in his absence Uzma eloped with Raza. Their family brought them back with the promise that they would not be teased.

According to Mukhtar Ahmad, father of Raza, both Uzma and Raza took poison on Wednesday. He stated they immediately took them to hospital, but Uzma died on way while Raza expired at hospital.

Police declared honor killing in the case could not be ruled out.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

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