Police believe the deadly milk was refused by Aasia Bibi’s hubby Amjad Akram and instead used by his mother to make Lassi – a traditional yoghurt based drink
A newlywed woman has been charged with murder after a poisoned milk drink she allegedly planned to give to her husband killed at least 15 members of her extended family in
Aasia Bibi, 21, was forced into an arranged marriage in September with Amjad Akram, 25. Two months into the marriage in Pakistan, she tried to flee to her parents’ house, but they forcibly took her back.
Bibi then allegedly poisoned a glass of milk to murder her husband. After he refused to drink it, her mother-in-law used it to make a batch of Lassi and served it to 27 members of the family.
A total of 15 people died while 12 others are reportedly still in critical condition.
The exact number of deaths and whether it includes children is disputed. A senior police officer said: “Aasia was forced to marry Amjad against her will.
She was not happy and came back to her parents house after a few days into marriage but her family forcibly sent her back to her in-laws’ house.
Aasia concocted the plot to avenge being married against her will and was provided with poisonous substance by her alleged lover, Shahid Lashari. .
She said: ‘Shahid told me to poison the beverage but I didn’t do it. He asked me to marry him but I refused.’
Although Pakistan recently strengthened laws designed to prevent child marriage and forced conversion, there is little legal remedy for women who reject a partner chosen for them by their family.
Pakistan accounted for the highest number of forced marriages reported to the UK’s Forced Marriage Unit in 2016.