A man in Pakistan reportedly strangled his teenage bride on their wedding night upon learning she was not a virgin March 30.
Qalandar Baksh Khokhar, 28, is accused of killing Khanzadi Lashari, 19, the Daily Mail reports.
The girl’s father, 60-year-old Lal Mohammad Lashari, became suspicious upon failing to hear from the couple after their wedding.
When the family forced its way into the house, family members found Khanzadi's dead body with Qalandar missing. They immediately called police.
"The wedding went well and everyone including the couple enjoyed the ceremony," said Khanzadi’s brother, 37-year-old Ali Sher Lashari. "It took place with their mutual consent and we didn’t notice any negativity in Qalandar Baksh."
Ali added, "Qalandar was of a sceptic nature and everyone in our family knew about it but we never thought he could be so dangerous that we’d lose our sister."
Shortly after police were notified of the incident, they caught Qalandar with a bullet in his leg and arrested him.
“Qalandar has admitted that he killed his wife with the cotton twine of her salwar suit for not being a virgin and fled from there,” said Superintendent Sajjad Khokhar, 46, of the Civil Line Police Station.
Police have now charged Qalandar with intentional and deliberate murder.
The incident is merely representative of the many crimes committed against Pakistani women every year.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Equality 2015 report, Pakistan is the second lowest performing country out of the 145 countries it studies.
Yet while justice may be served in this case, justice often eludes many other women who are victims of violence in Pakistan.
“In Pakistan’s rural areas instances of violence against women in the form of so-called ‘honour’ killings, child marriages, acid attacks, and domestic and sexual abuse are frequent,” writes Menaal Safi Munshey for Oxford Human Rights Hub. “These crimes are grossly under-reported, and seeking justice is difficult due to structural factors such as the lack of independence of women, a weak criminal justice system and a lack of societal support for women. In this environment, progressive laws enacted to protect women against violence have been largely ineffective.”
Sources: Daily Mail, World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Equality 2015 report and Oxford Human Rights Hub / Photo credit: Cover Asia Press via Daily Mail