An 18-year-old Pakistani schoolteacher died Wednesday from injuries after her body was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal, police said.
The perpetrators beat Maria Abbasi, then drenched her in petrol and set her body ablaze before leaving her for dead.
Maria was at home baby-sitting her 5-year-old sister while her family went to a funeral in a nearby town. The horror of what had happened set in Monday night when her family returned home to the village of Davel outside Murree in northeastern Pakistan.
Maria was lying on the floor, with 85% of her body covered in burns.
Violence against women remains rampant in the country.
WNC strongly condemns horrific murder of Maria Abbasi