South Asia

Saima Bibi's body 'showed signs of torture'


Police investigating a controversial alleged honour killing in Pakistan say it was not a case of suicide as claimed by the dead woman's family.

The case hit the headlines because of a statement by PM Yousuf Raza Gilani that the woman was electrocuted following a decision by a local village council.

Police say it was not "a simple suicide" as the post-mortem examination showed signs of torture on her body.

They say that the woman ran away from her village about six weeks ago.

Saima Bibi left with a neighbour from her village in the east of Pakistan who she had fallen in love with, police official Afzal Lodhi told the BBC.

Her relatives believed she had brought shame on the family, he said.

The post-mortem report in the city of Bahawalpur, which the BBC has seen, says there were blisters and superficial burn marks on the young woman's body.

Further tests are being carried out to determine the cause of the injuries. The girl's father claims she killed herself by drinking poison.

Her father and three of her uncles have been charged with her murder. Her mother and two other relatives are being sought.

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