Four sisters commit suicide in Pakistan over dowry
Lahore: Four sisters committed suicide in Pakistan`s Punjab province as their father was unable to arrange dowries for them to get married, police said on Friday.
After an argument with their father Bashir Ahmed Rajput, the women ended their lives by jumping into a canal in Lodhran district of Punjab yesterday.
A fifth sister, 24-year-old Parveen, also jumped into the canal but was rescued by local residents.
The dead sisters, identified by police as Munira, Zenat, Nazia and Faiza, were?aged between 23 and 35.
The women, all daughters of a poor farmer, were reportedly upset as their father was unable to arrange their marriage.
"Delay in marriage and extreme poverty forced my ill-fated daughters to take the extreme step," Rajput said in his statement to police.
Rajput, a resident of Kehror Pakkha sub-district, located 300 km from Lahore, said he had no money to marry his daughters.
"I spent all my savings on the marriage of my other two daughters," a sobbing Rajput said. "I wish no one had as many daughters as I had."
He stood at the edge of the canal where the women committed suicide and kept saying, "Save my daughters."
The state-run rescue service launched efforts to find the bodies of the women. Parveen was taken to a nearby hospital.
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