Karachi ‘honour killing’: Exhumed bodies of teenage couple bear electrocution, torture marks

The bodies of a teenage couple in Karachi feared to have been murdered by their families after they contracted a free-will marriage were found bearing electrocution and torture marks following a post-mortem examination on Wednesday, officials said.

The bodies of the girl (15), and the boy (17), were exhumed from the Mauladad graveyard in Sherpao Colony in the presence of Azhar Ali Kalhoro, a judicial magistrate, and a team of doctors and police officials.

Police told Dawn earlier that an initial investigation suggested that the family members of the couple were enraged over the marriage of the boy and girl, who had run away from home last month.

Civil Hospital Karachi Additional Police Surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi confirmed that “there were visible signs of electric shock and torture on both bodies.”

Police got wind of the case through an informant and subsequently filed a case on behalf of the state, after which the family members of both victims had been taken into custody.

The accused had confessed to their crime, and claimed that a jirga had been involved in ‘sentencing both victims to death’, police had said.

According to an initial investigation, police said that the family members had given the victims electric shocks and tortured them until they died before secretly burying their bodies.

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