The Religion of Peace has struck again! This time in Pakistan, where an 18-year-old bride was burned alive by her own mother.
This wasn’t the wedding celebration Zeenat Rafiq had in mind. The horrific incident occurred when Zeenat’s mother offered to throw the newlywed couple a wedding celebration last June. Rafiq had been married to her childhood love, Hassan Khan, for just a week before her mother, who had long disapproved of the relationship, appeared to be coming around to the marriage.
Rafiq had suspicions of her mother, but a male relative guaranteed her safety, according to her husband. Khan told Newsweek Rafiq knew she was taking a risk, telling him, “Please forgive me if I don’t come back.”
What awaited Zeenat was absolute horror.
The Washington Post reports: “But there was no celebration on her return to the family’s home in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead, her mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.”
Remorseless, Zeenat’s mother, Perveen Bibi, proudly beat her chest after the attack, yelling, “I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,” “the mother’s sister.”
Even after police detained the mother and her son, Zeenat’s brother, Anees Rafiq, Bibi hardly blinked an eye at the fact that she had slaughtered her own daughter.
“I have no regrets,” she told the police during an interrogation.
After all, Zeenat’s death was a result of an honor killing, a sacrament in traditional Islamic circles codified by patriarchal mandates and religious ritual.
“Such ‘honor killings’ are commonplace in Pakistan, where roughly 1,000 women are slain every year by relatives, most of them men, who believe they have disgraced their families,” explains the Post. “In 2015, about 1,100 women died in honor killings, while another 900 suffered sexual violence and 800 attempted suicide or took their own lives, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission said in its 2015 report.”
Zeenat isn’t the first, and she won’t be the last. Islamic puritans need the blood of “disgraced” women.