KARACHI, Pakistan – A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was allegedly shot by male relatives over a rebuffed marriage proposal has died at a hospital in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, police said Monday.
Noor Jehan was shot five times and left for dead in a ditch on the outskirts of Karachi on April 18. She was rescued by police and taken to a hospital.
Jehan died early Sunday of a wound to the abdomen that got infected, said Seemi Jamali, a doctor at the Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Institute, where she was being treated.
Jamali said Jehan's body was sent to a city morgue and no one has come to claim it.
Jehan had been shot in the legs and abdomen and had been struggling for life at the hospital without family support. Police suspect her parents were scared into hiding, fearing retribution from the attackers.
In a May 2 interview with The Associated Press, Jehan said she was shot by male cousins after her father refused to give her hand in marriage to one of them, who then accused her of having an affair with another man.
Last week, police arrested three men suspected of involvement in the attack on Jehan, said Jahan Khan Niazi, a Karachi police official. Three other suspects in the case, including two of Jehan's cousins, are still at large, he said.
Violence against women is common in Pakistan and hundreds of honor killings are reported each year. Male relatives consider it a violation of the family's honor if their female relatives have an extramarital affair or if they marry someone without family approval.