• Delainey Smith

Arranged Marriage Leads to 17 Dead In Bid to Poison Husband

A Pakistani woman was arrested by police on murder charges after she allegedly attempted to murder her husband and inadvertently killed 17 other members of his family, according to a senior police officer.

District police chief Sohail Habib Tajak said, was married against her will in September in a village near the town of Ali Pur, 60 miles south of Multan, a city in the eastern Punjab province.

Tajak told NPR that the 21-year-old Pakistani woman, identified by The Associated Press as Aasia Bibi, obtained a poisonous substance from her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, mixed it in milk and offered it to her husband.

Aasia Bibi, 21, and her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, are presented to journalists, at a police station in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, on Monday. (Iram Asim/AP)

However, he never drank it; unknowingly his mother used the poisoned milk to make yogurt lassis that she served to 27 members of the extended family.

After consuming the drink, the BBC reports eight family members died not long after consumption and one week later the death toll was at 17 and the remaining members remain hospitalized.

On October 31, Bibi appeared before a judge to face the murder charges.

The American Press reported that she stated, "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 said she had told her parents that she was willing to go to any extend to get away from her marriage, but her parents refused to let her get a divorce.

She apologized in remorse over the deaths of the extended family, she never intended for others to drink the poisoned drink.

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