You know, if your objective is to avoid public shame, maybe you shouldn’t do shameful things:
Days after 17-year-old Zeenat Rafiq eloped with a man against her family’s wishes, her relatives asked her to return home so they could throw her a proper ceremony.
“Don’t let me go, they will kill me,” her husband Hassan Khan recalled her saying, according to the Associated Press.
She was Punjabi. He was Pashtun. Her family was furious that she ran away and got married without their permission.
An uncle eventually convinced her to return. On Wednesday, Zeenat was burned alive by her mother.
Police say the mother, Parveen, tied Zeenat to a cot and poured kerosene before setting her on fire, according to the Guardian. It’s the latest of several “honor killings,” a practice that kills hundreds of girls each year in Pakistan.
Outrage by American feminists was conspicuous by its absence.