A Pakistani woman was recently arrested after a plot to kill her husband by poisoning him with a glass of milk failed, and yet resulted in a tragedy. Asiya had hoped her husband Amjad would drink the milk, but he refused, and his mother ended up using the contaminated milk the next day to make lassi for the whole family. The beverage, which was drunk by 27 family members, resulted in the whole lot falling terribly sick, and proving fatal for 13 of them. Among those dead, there were some children as well; the rest of the family members are still battling for life in a hospital.
Asiya took this drastic step since she was forced to marry Amjad by her parents against her wishes, reported The Telegraph. The couple had apparently been married for almost two months before this incident. Earlier, Asiya had tried to flee from her parent’s home as well but failed to do so.
The incident took place in the Punjab province of Pakistan and, according to the report, the poison was allegedly procured from her lover. Though, initially, it was claimed that a lizard had fallen into the drink but the Muzaffargarh police later confirmed that Asiya had confessed to the crime.
It is sad that although Pakistan has a law against child marriages, the legal system doesn’t quite address to forced marriages.
Even cases of poisoning are quite common in Punjab area of Pakistan. Last month, a newly married couple was poisoned by members of the bride’s family and the reasons are not yet known.