Fourteen people in a village in northwest Pakistan were arrested Thursday for burning a teenager to death because she helped her friend elope.
Police say the crime was a “pre-planned” honor killing, perpetrated by village leaders outside of Abbottabad with approval from the village council, the Washington Post reports. Ambreen Riasat had helped her friend marry a boy in court without the bride’s father’s permission, prompting a number of men to drag her from her house, tie her inside a van and set her on fire, according to the paper.
“They said she must be burnt alive to make a lesson for other girls,” said Saeed Wazir, the regional Abbottabad police chief.
On April 29, Riasat’s body was found in the van in Donga Gali.