A Pakistani woman who killed nearly a score of people while trying to poison her newly-married husband is facing murder charges after her bizarre plot resulted in the death of multiple people from her remote village.
“This incident took place last week and our officers have made progress by arresting a woman and her lover in connection with this murder case, which was complicated and challenging for us,” district police chief Sohail Habib Tajak told the Associated Press.
According to Tajak, the woman was subjected to two weeks’ worth of questioning as to whether she was the one to decide to poison her husband or whether her boyfriend put her up to the murderous task. The unidentified woman was married in September to a man in a small village in the eastern Punjab province.
Tajak claimed that the woman was not happy with her husband, so she mixed a poisonous substance that she obtained into a milk that she was going to serve to her husband. When he refused to drink it, her mother-in-law used the milk to create a yogurt-based drink that she then served to roughly two dozen of her extended family.
Upon drinking the concoction, almost all of the family members fell ill, with seventeen of them dying and another ten getting rushed to the hospital for treatment.
In court, the woman insisted that her arranged marriage was to blame.
“I repeatedly asked my parents not to marry me against my will as my religion, Islam, also allows me to choose the man of my choice for marriage but my parents rejected all of my pleas and they married me to a relative,” she said.
Both Tajak and the woman claimed that the woman’s boyfriend supplied her with the toxic substance, and Tajak said that police were hoping to track down everyone who was aware of her plan to poison her husband.