Bride accused of killing 16 in-laws in attempt to poison husband

Pakistan       by Mian Yousaf Zulfiqar | Published

A newlywed woman in Pakistan has been arrested on suspicion of killing her husband and at least 14 of his relatives with poisoned milk.

It's reported that Aasia did not want to marry Amjad but was forced into the marriage.

In this case, which took place in central Muzaffargarh, local media say the bride had tried unsuccessfully to flee her marital home and return to her parents.

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Police said Asiya Bibi said that while she mixed poison in her husband's milk, he failed to drink it and the liquid was instead blended into a batch of lassi. According to UPI, the alleged lover is a cousin whom Bibi had hoped to marry.

Asiya Bibi, 20, was reportedly married against her will in September.

The family were rushed to hospital on Friday, where 11 died. A man, believed to be the woman's boyfriend, Shahid, and his aunt, Zarina Mai, were also arrested, Geo TV said.

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She said Lashari gave her a poisonous substance, which she used to try to kill her husband. Yet he refused when she offered the milk to him. She expressed remorse over the deaths, saying her target was only her husband.

Many parents in Pakistan arrange marriages for their daughters against their will.

However, police said the woman, identified as Aasia, had confessed to poisoning milk. The 22-year-old also added that she meant to only harm her husband and not the extended family. A police search was under way.

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