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Bride Forced Into Marriage Tries To Kill Her Husband, Ends Up Killing 17 Members Of His Family

A terrible tragedy befell an entire family after they were poisoned by a young bride. The young woman had intended to only poison her husband because she had been forced by her own family into an arranged marriage and saw no way out. The man's family used the poisoned ingredient in a recipe, and now 17 are dead and 10 are in the hospital fighting for their lives.

Aasia Bibi, a 21-year-old woman from Pakistan, says she was married against her will. Her family arranged the marriage to a man from a nearby village in September, and she furiously fought the nuptials.

"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," Bibi said, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Bibi warned her parents that she would fight tooth and nail to escape the marriage if she was forced into it. Once married she begged them to let her come home, but they refused. She warned them that she was willing to take extreme measures to rid herself of her husband, but they ignored the threats.

Bibi was still in love with her old boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, and he also wanted to see her escape the unwanted marriage. He provided her with a poisonous substance to get rid of her husband, and told her if she was successful that he would marry her.

Bibi took the poison and mixed it all into a container of milk. The young woman brought the milk to her husband and tried to give him some, but he refused to drink it. She set it aside, hoping that he would have some later.

The woman's mother-in-law later picked up the tainted milk and made a batch of 'lassi' with it. Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink that is popular in the region.

The mother-in-law then passed out the lassi to 27 relatives. Everyone who partook of the poisoned beverage began to fall ill. The entire family had to be rushed to the hospital, and 17 family members, including the husband, have died as a result of the poisoning. The youngest victim was four years old. Reports say that 10 family members are still ill and are being treated.

Lashari and Bibi are both being charged with the murders of 17 people. Neither intended for the mass murder to happen, and Bibi has specifically said she never intended for her husband’s family members to be harmed.

Arranged marriages are commonplace in Pakistan, and it's not unusual to hear of unwilling brides doing whatever it takes to get away from an unwanted husband. The brides are also in danger, and know it. There are around 1,000 young women are killed in 'honor killings' every year in the country.

Source: AOL
Photo: Telegraph

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