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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
Pakistani 'honour victim' dies
Armed guard stands beside Noor Jehan's hospital bed
Armed guards were posted to Noor Jehan's bedside
A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot five times and left in a roadside ditch has died following an abdominal infection, doctors say.

Noor Jehan was allegedly shot by relatives after being declared guilty of adultery under an ancient tribal tradition in southern Pakistan.

She managed to crawl for help after being left in the ditch last month.

Officials say the girl, from Karachi, was an "honour killing" victim. No one has claimed her body.

'Complications'

Noor was shot in both legs, the left arm and the stomach before being dumped in the ditch.

Doctors at the government-run Jinnah Hospital in Karachi said initially her condition was stable.

But they say she developed complications in the last few days and succumbed to her injuries.

Last month the teenager regained consciousness in hospital and told the BBC News website her cousins had tried to kill her after her father had refused to let her be married to one of them.

"They beat up my parents and took me away with them in their car," she said.

Noor said she was driven to the suburb of Gadap and shot five times.

"They threw me into a ditch and left thinking I was dead. But I crawled out of the ditch and managed to alert the guard of a nearby house," she said.

Violence record

Noor's body has now been moved to the morgue of a charitable association, the Edhi Foundation, where sources say no one has arrived to claim it.

Police say they have been unable to trace her parents.

The BBC's Aamer Ahmed Khan in Karachi says hundreds of women are killed every year in Pakistan in the name of "honour", usually related to marriages.

In recent years Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has defended his government's record on violence against women and says he has done more for women's empowerment than any previous administration.

But human rights groups in Pakistan say the president's claims are not backed by adequate legislation.





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