The father of a female teacher who died after being beaten and set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal from a man twice her age, said she had received death threats and was beaten before her murder.
“My daughter told me that she was sleeping and some person knocked at the door, when she opened the door, she saw her teacher standing there. She used to teach at his school. The teacher held her hand and slapped her, then he said you destroyed my life, I will not let you live,” said Sadaqat Abbasi, father of victim.
“Maria was a very good daughter. She was in fact a son for me. She was like son for me. She was very good daughter,” Ashia Bibi, Maria’s mother.
On Wednesday a Pakistani police official said Maria Bibi, who was around 19-years-old, was attacked two days earlier near the hilltop town of Murree, just outside the capital, Islamabad.
He said that after being brought to a hospital in Islamabad, the woman told police that relatives of the school principal attacked her for refusing the proposal from their family member.
Such attacks are not uncommon in Pakistan, where nearly 1,000 women are killed each year in so-called “honor killings” for allegedly violating conservative norms on love and marriage.