17 Dead After Woman Allegedly Poisons Husband's Milk
Police say she wanted to 'avenge' her forced marriage
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 4:27 PM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2017 3:33 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A 21-year-old woman in Pakistan has been charged with murder after police say she poisoned her husband's milk and ended up inadvertently killing 17 people, the AP reports. According to the Independent, Asiya Bibi (also reported as Aasia Bibi) was forced to marry a 25-year-old man against her will in September. She recently tried to flee the marriage and return to her family but was sent back to her husband. Police say Bibi got poison from an alleged lover and mixed it with her husband's milk last week, the Telegraph reports. According to UPI, the alleged lover is a cousin whom Bibi had hoped to marry.

Police say Bibi's plan to "avenge" her forced marriage fell apart when her husband refused to drink the poisoned milk. Instead, police say Bibi's mother-in-law used the milk to make a yogurt drink called lassi, which was served to 27 people, including children, last Thursday in the city of Muzaffargarh. Police say 17 people, including Bibi's husband, are dead. There are reportedly up to 10 more victims in critical condition. It's unclear if any children are among the dead. Police say Bibi initially claimed the milk was poisoned when a lizard fell into it. Bibi's alleged lover and an aunt were also arrested. The Telegraph notes there is little legal recourse in Pakistan for women forced into a marriage by their family against their will. (Authorities say teen victims in an honor killing in Pakistan were electrocuted.)

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