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13 Arrested in Pakistan for Strangling, Burning Girl for 'Honor'

In Pakistan, nearly 1,000 women are killed every year in the name of honor

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    Pakistani police officers escort members of a local tribal council, with their faces covered outside a court in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 5, 2016. Pakistani police have arrested 13 members of a local tribal council for burning alive a girl, who had helped one of her friends elope to marry a man of her choice.

    Pakistani police say they have arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope.

    Khurram Rasheed, police chief for the northern district of Abbottabad, said Thursday that the charred body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a burned van in the tourist resort of Donga Gali on April 29. 

    Police said she was taken from her home in Makol, 22 miles south of Abbottabad, on April 28, according to NBC News

    Rasheed says the girl was strangled and then put in the same van her friend had used to elope. The van was then set on fire.

    In Pakistan, where nearly 1,000 women are killed every year in the name of honor, women defying their families in the name of love are considered a source of shame.