15 Killed With Poisoned Milk

Aasia Bibi, 21, was forced into an arranged marriage with Amjad Akram, 25. Bibi and Akram, both from Pakistan were married in September of this year. In Pakistan  marriages generally follow Islamic marital jurisprudence. There are several types of contracts in Islamic law or Sharia law. While marriage is supposed to be permanent in Islam, there are ways which you can dissolved it. It can be terminated by the husband engaging the Talaq process or Khula, in which the women returns the mahr that she received from her husband. The mahr is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, that legally becomes her property. While the mahr is often money, it can also be anything agreed upon by the bride such as jewelry, home goods, furniture, a dwelling or some land. The mahr is typically specified in the marriage contract signed during an Islamic marriage. Aasia Bibi was not in love with  Amjad Akram and looked for a way out. She found it by allegedly giving her husband a glass of poisoned milk to murder him. He refused to drink it, and her mother-in-law used it to make a batch of Lassi and served it to 27 members of the family. Lassi is a silky, iced blend of yogurt, water, and fruit, similar to a milkshake. A total of 15 people died, while 12 others are reportedly in critical condition. Bibi at first claimed that a lizard had fallen into the milk, poisoning it, but she confessed her role while in custody. Bibi’s lover also came under suspicion. It was supposed that he gave Bibi the poison to do away with the unwanted husband. Bibi told authorities that he had nothing to do with it, and that she had refused his marriage proposal. Capital punishment is legal in Pakistan. A moratorium was imposed in 2008, but was lifted for terrorism cases after the massacre of 132 students in Peshawar in 2014. At  the time of this report, it is not known how many of the poisoned were children.




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