KARACHI: Police were Tuesday hunting a tribal elder who allegedly ordered a teenage couple to be electrocuted by their families as punishment for eloping.
The couple fell foul of their families after eloping last month. But police said the man´s family persuaded them to return home so they could be married.
A tribal jirga (council) then ordered the couple´s execution after the families had put their case to the influential group of elders.
The couple were tied to a wooden bed and electrocuted by family members last month. Police said the girl was aged 15 or 16 and the man was around 18 years old.
“The (jirga) decided that the girl would be electrocuted by her own father and uncle and the boy by his father and uncle,” police officer Amanullah Marwat told AFP, adding that the families later buried the bodies in secret.
Police have arrested the relatives behind the killings, charging them with murder and tampering with evidence.
However the leader of the jirga who ordered the murders remains at large.
“We are raiding different places to arrest him,” Marwat said.
The graves of the victims will be dug today—a month after their death—on court orders to carry out further investigation in the case. Police are also expecting the evidence to help track the tribal head who is on the run.
Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives each year after allegedly bringing shame on their families in Pakistan.
Under the previous legislation, the culprits could escape punishment if they were pardoned by members of their family.
But in July last year the high-profile murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch, whose brother confessed to the killing, reignited calls for reform.
Parliament has since passed a law aimed at scrapping the ability to forgive “honour” killers. But critics contend some loopholes still exist.-AFP/Web Desk