21 year old Aasia Bibi from Multan, Pakistan, allegedly poisoned her husband’s milk which by accident took 17 life in a remote village, a senior police officer said earlier this morning.
“This incident took place last week and our officers have made progress by arresting a woman and her lover in connection with this murder case, which was complicated and challenging for us,” said the District police chief sohail habib tajak.
Tajak also said that Aasia was married against her will in September in a remote village near Ali Pur, South of Multan.He further investigated and said that Aasia was not happy with her husband and wanted to return to her parents home.
Later police discovered that Aasia obtained a poisonous substance from her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, last week and mixed it in the milk for her husband, who refused to drink it. But Aasia’s mother-in-law later used the infected milk to make a traditional yogurt drink and served it to 27 members of her extended family, who fell unconscious and were hospitalized. Seventeen people died and 10 were being treated in a hospital, he said.
While Aasia and Lashari appeared before judge in the city of Muzzaffargarh on Tuesday, she said:
“I repeatedly asked my parents not to marry me against my will as my religion, Islam, also allows me to choose the man of my choice for marriage but my parents rejected all of my pleas and they married me to a relative,”.
She further said that her love affair with her boyfriend continued after she got married and she had warned her parents that she can go to any distance to get out of the marriage,but her parents refused to listen to her.
Tajak Lashari confessed to supplying the poisonous substance.
Faisal Chingwani, a top human rights activist in the city of Multan, said Bibi apparently committed the crime because she was mentally stressed about the forced marriage.