Family Slits Pakistan Couple's Throats

It's a fate more gruesome than even Romeo and Juliet's. A young Pakistani couple was tied up and had their throats slit-by the bride's family, no less-because they married each other for love. Police said on Saturday that the 17-year-old woman and 31-year-old man in the eastern Pakistan's Punjabi village of Satrah married without their families' permission. Just over a week after their June 18 wedding, the bride's parents tricked them into visiting with the promise their marriage would receive a blessing. Police said, "When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes. He (the girl's father) cut their throats." The family has been arrested, but these types of “honor killings" are common in many parts of Pakistan. Earlier this week, another young couple that married for love was sentenced to death. The bride, 19, was killed by a family member, and her husband has gone into hiding. The bride's family has already registered to forgive the killer, so there will be no trial.