A 17-year-old Pakistani newlywed was allegedly killed on her wedding night by her husband, possibly because she was not a virgin, police said on April 2.
Khanzadi Lashari married her cousin Qalandar Bux Khokhar, The Express Tribune reports. Police discovered her lifeless body the next day in her bedroom.
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A photo circulating online alleged that the deceased bride was killed by her husband in an "honor killing" for "not being a virgin," though police have yet to verify this information.
The 17-year-old’s body was found in her home in ADC Colony in Jacobabad, Pakistan. Her mother notified police after the teen failed to respond to her the morning after the wedding. Officers forced entry into the bedroom and found Khanzadi’s lifeless body on her bed.
Police are now searching for the young woman’s husband, who is on the run. Several raids have been carried out in search of Khokhar, though he has still not been found.
Ali Sher Lashari, the victim’s brother, issued a formal complaint with police, accusing Khokhar and his four brothers of strangling his sister to death.
According to Khanzadi’s mother, she and her husband consented to Khanzadi and Khokhar's marriage.