ISLAMABAD: A 19-year-old school teacher from Murree, who was tortured and set on fire after refusing a marriage proposal, succumbed to her injuries in Islamabad's Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Wednesday.
The girl was brought to the hospital yesterday and breathed her last at around 10:15AM on Wednesday, a doctor at PIMS confirmed.
She failed to survive the burns that covered over 85 per cent of her body, the doctor said.
The body of the girl has been handed over to her heirs and shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Murree. Police has registered a case, but no arrests have been made as of yet.
It was reported on Tuesday that a group of five men had forcibly entered the victim's house, locked her in a room and beat her up over a marriage dispute.
The victim's uncle, Nasir Abbassi, had stated the family had gone to a social gathering and the girl was alone at home when the incident occurred.
The suspects, after beating the victim, set her on fire and threw her in a ditch behind her residence.
The family, after being informed by a local boy, rushed home and took the girl out of the ditch and took her to a local hospital.
The local hospital was unable to treat her since it lacked the expertise in dealing with burn victims, and she was then transferred to Islamabad's Pims where she breathed her last today
Earlier in May, a 16-year-old girl was strangled and set on fire in Galyat's Makol village after orders given by a local jirga.
Abbottabad police had said a 15-member jirga called by the Makol village councillor Pervez ordered for the deceased to be killed and set on fire as punishment for helping her friend escape the village to marry of her free will.
The girl was taken from her home to an abandoned house where she was drugged, killed, and placed in the back seat of a parked van. The van was then doused with petrol and set on fire.