A teacher in Pakistan was murdered over an alleged dream that she committed blasphemy, local police said.
Blasphemy is a highly inflammatory subject in Pakistan, and those accused are often lynched by vigilante mobs.
Safoora Bibi, 21, was attacked outside an all-girls religious school in the city of Dera Ismail Khan in north Pakistan, in an ultra-conservative region of the Muslim country.
The three attackers, between the ages of 17 and 24, hit her with a stick and then stabbed her in the neck, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported, citing a police report.
“She died after her throat was slit,” police official Saghir Ahmed told AFP.
The colleague and two students were arrested and told police they killed the teacher because they alleged one of their relatives, a 13-year-old girl, dreamt that she committed blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad, police told AFP.
Police said that the main suspect in Bibi’s killing is a colleague who possibly planned the crime with two nieces studying at the school, AFP reported. Investigators are looking at whether the main suspect had a grudge.
“They attended lessons and sometimes returned from school together,” Qureshi told the outlet.
“A cruel act has been committed against us, and we demand justice from the authorities.”
Blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad is punishable by death under Pakistan’s Penal Code.
Rights groups say allegations are often made to persecute minorities or settle personal scores.