Woman killed for ‘honour’ in Pakistan had bruise mark on neck

Woman killed for ‘honour’ in Pakistan had bruise mark on neck

Islamabad, July 29 (IANS) A British national of Pakistani-origin who was allegedly killed by her family for “honour” in Punjab province on July 20, had a bruise mark on her neck and blood-stained froth was oozing from her mouth, the autopsy report said.

To determine the actual cause of the death of Samia Shahid, who died on July 20, the doctor sought forensic report of samples collected from her body, Dawn online reported.

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The doctor who conducted autopsy said there was no mark of any kind of torture on the body except for the bruise on her neck. Samia’s eyes and mouth were found open.

A retired medical officer said blood-stained froth from the mouth often reflected death due to poisoning, strangulation or trauma but chances of heart attack could not be ruled out if the deceased had some heart-related issues previously.

Samia’s father told the police that she died of a heart attack while her husband Mukhtar Kazim said she was killed for “honour” as her parents did not approve of her marriage with him.

Meanwhile, Samia’s former husband and named the suspect in the FIR, Chaudhary Shakil, has got an interim bail from a court in Lahore till August 6.

Two other suspects, Samia’s father Chaudhary Shahid and cousin Mobin, joined the investigations on Wednesday and recorded their statements before the police.

Ambreen, a close friend of Samia, was also interrogated by the police. Samia had stayed at her residence in Dina town on July 14 after her arrival from Dubai a day earlier.

Samia’s husband said his wife had told him over phone that she handed over her passport and other documents to Ambreen.

Ambreen denied having documents of her deceased friend, sources said.

Kazim also said in his complaint that Samia’s family had called her to Pakistan by lying about her father’s health conditions. She told Kazim after arriving in Pakistan that her father was alright and she was feeling insecure there.

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