OKARA (Web Desk) – At least 21 people swore on the Quran on Thursday to kill a couple who married on their own choice.

A panchayat (meeting of tribal leaders) had decided to marry off the sister of a man, who married a girl without her family’s will. But the family of the groom has refused to obey panchayat’s decision, after which at least 21 people took oath on Quran to kill the couple.

According to a report published in Daily Nawa-i- Waqat, Amir Iqbal and Shakeela Bibi, residents of 26 GDK, were married on May 29, without Shakeela’s family consent. After that, her family called a panchayat and demanded retribution.

The family of Amir told the media that they had agreed to marry their daughter off according to the panchayat’s decisions but asked Shakeel’s family to wait until the girl became an adult.

District Police Officer Okara has directed the local police to take action against the culprit.