Newlyweds Bound, Throats Slit in Suspected 'Honor Killing'

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Civil society activists carry placards during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, 29 May 2014, against the killing of Farzana Iqbal who was stoned to death by her family for marrying against their wish, in Islamabad on May 27.T. MUGHAL / EPA

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A young couple in Pakistan were tied up and had their throats slit with scythes after they married for love, police said Saturday. The 17-year-old girl and 31-year-old man married on June 18 without the consent of their families in eastern Pakistan's Punjabi village of Satrah, police said. The girl's mother and father lured the couple home late on Thursday with the promise that their marriage would receive a family blessing, said local police official Rana Zashid. "When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes," he said. "He (the girl's father) cut their throats."

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Police arrested the family, who said they had been embarrassed by the marriage of their daughter, named Muafia Hussein, to a man from a less important tribe. Cultural traditions in many areas of Pakistan mean that killing a woman whose behavior is seen as immodest is widely accepted. Immodest behavior that sparked recent killings included singing, looking out of the window or talking to a man who is not a relative.

- Reuters

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