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Pakistan: 2 held for killing woman for refusing proposal

  • In this picture taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, grandmother of a female teacher who was beaten and set on fire, prepares to sit near the body in an ambulance on her way to village, outside a local hospital in Islamabad, 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. (AP Photo/M. Farid)

    In this picture taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, grandmother of a female teacher who was beaten and set on fire, prepares to sit near the body in an ambulance on her way to village, outside a local hospital in Islamabad, 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. (AP Photo/M. Farid)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sadaqat Abbasi, father of a female teacher who was beaten and set on fire, tries to comfort his children in Upper Dewal, Pakistan, Thursday, June 2, 2016. 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. (AP Photo/Muhammad Yousaf)

    Sadaqat Abbasi, father of a female teacher who was beaten and set on fire, tries to comfort his children in Upper Dewal, Pakistan, Thursday, June 2, 2016. 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. (AP Photo/Muhammad Yousaf)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sadaqat Abbasi, father of a female teacher who was beaten and set on fire, tries to comfort his daughters in Upper Dewal, Pakistan, Thursday, June 2, 2016. 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. (AP Photo/Muhammad Yousaf)

    Sadaqat Abbasi, father of a female teacher who was beaten and set on fire, tries to comfort his daughters in Upper Dewal, Pakistan, Thursday, June 2, 2016. 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. (AP Photo/Muhammad Yousaf)  (The Associated Press)

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.