CHITRAL, Feb 14: A teenage girl was allegedly poisoned to death by her parents after she married a boy of her choice without the consent of her parents. Reports said on February 11, the teenage girl from Mastuj was brought to the BHU in the same village (Mastuj) in a very critical condition. The doctor on duty tried her best to save her life but it was too late. She died and despite report to the police, her dead body was buried without a postmortem. The BHU sources on condition of anonymity told chitraltoday that the girl was poisoned, possibly mixed with food. It was further disclosed that the girl had married a person from the Ismaili community on her own will without the consent of her parents. However, it was reconciled and her parents permitted her to come to their home with her beloved husband and they were living with her parents at the time of the incident. According to her husband, he found her unconscious on the morning of February 11 and immediately took her to the BHU, where she died. It has further been learnt that the local members of her parents’ community intervened and did not allow the police to hold an investigation into the incident and took away the body for burial. None of her close relatives was present on the occasion except her husband.
It may be noted here that every year dozens of innocent girls die and their death is declared as a suicide. Their cases are never investigated because of the influence of their male relatives and thus those unfortunate souls get no justice even after their death. It is also surprising that the incident hasn’t been reported by any local newspaper of Chitral so far.–Sher Wali Khan Aseer]]>