The girl’s uncle is alleged to have hidden in the family home before pouncing on his niece and then leaving her alone with her horrific injuries in Pakistan
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Supporters of Tehrik-e-Minhaj ul Quran, an Islamic Organisation, protest against ‘honour killings’ of women (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
A teenage girl was reportedly burned to death by her uncle after her dad refused to allow her to marry her cousin.
Mohammad Yousuf failed to accept a proposal from his brother Mohammad Yaqoob, who wanted 14-year-old Sadia to tie the knot with his son in Chiniot, Punjab, a state in Pakistan.
Yousuf had already promised his daughter to a different relative a few weeks before, reports Gulf News.
As a result, the uncle hid in Sadia's empty family home on Friday before dousing her in petrol and igniting her when she returned home.
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Islamabad in 2014
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He then left her alone with her injuries, police said.
However, she managed to get outside and attract someone's attention who took her to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
The family, including her parents, had allegedly tried to hide what had happened,burying the body and claiming she was killed in a cylinder blast, according to reports.
But police noticed inconsistencies in her parents' accounts and eventually arrested the uncle and he confessed to the crime after an interrogation.
It appears to be a case of an "honour killing", in which someone is killed by their own relatives who believe they have brought shame upon the family.
They are still common in parts of South Asia and the Middle East, where women make up the overwhelming majority of victims.
Earlier this month, it was reported a man was accused of stoning his 24-year-old wife to death with the help of his brother in a so-called 'honour killing'.
The mutilated body of the victim was found near Indus Highway on June 27, close to the village of Wadda Chacha in Pakistan.
The woman, identified only as Waziran in foreign media reports, was allegedly killed in the city of Jamshoro in Pakistan’s Sindh district.