UPPER DEWAL, Pakistan – Pakistani police say they have arrested two suspects and are continuing their search for five men who tortured a 19-year-old school teacher and burned her to death for refusing to marry a man twice her age.
The teenager's mother, Ashia Bibi, told The Associated Press Thursday that, hours before her death, her daughter Maria had given police a statement alleging that five men had stormed her house earlier that week, dragged her to an open area and kicked her as though she were a "football." Bibi demanded justice for her daughter.
Local police official Waheed Ahmed says that authorities were aware that Maria Bibi had been attacked before. The teenager died on Wednesday at a hospital in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.