Pakistani Woman Arrested After Attempts to Poison Husband Killed 18 Others
A Pakistani 21-year old woman named Aasia Bibi did not want to be married to the man her family had forced her to marry. She plotted to kill him by putting rat poison in milk he was intended to drink. He did not drink the milk, but his mother used the milk to make a yoghurt she served to the family the next day.
The mother-in-law, along with 26 other family members, among them the targeted victim, Mohammad Amad, ate the yoghurt and all got sick. Amad and 16 other family members, including eight children, died as a result of the poisoning.
BASTI LASHARI, Pakistan — Aasia Bibi had warned her parents time and again that if they forced her to marry her cousin, a man she disliked, she would be capable of going to any length to exit the union. She was already in a relationship, she said, and should be allowed to marry the man of her choice……
“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 told a judge at her initial hearing Oct. 31 following her arrest.
Bibi and her boyfriend Shahid Lashari were charged with murder and are scheduled to return to court Nov. 14. Pakistani police said Wednesday they also arrested Bibi’s aunt, 49-year-old Zarina Begum, for her involvement in the alleged plot.
Local police chief Zulfiqar Ali said the deaths quickly drew the attention of police, who quietly began an investigation and were able to expose the plot. He said Bibi was among those who did not drink the traditional lassi, which is made with water and yogurt.
“Her husband was in critical condition at a hospital and she looked as if nothing had happened and she was cool and calm at her home and it raised suspicions,” he said.