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A 16-year-old bride killed her groom of more than double her age soon after their wedding in the Uch Sharif district in the Punjab province of Pakistan over a forced marriage, local news media reported on August 31.

The police have arrested the teenager, and she admitted to her crime during the initial probe, local media reported.

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She admitted to giving poison to her husband, who married for the second time, in a drink, according to Pakistani media reports.

The couple was involved in a ‘watta satta’ marriage, which is an exchange marriage common carried out in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The custom involves the simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair or other relatives from two households.

It emerged that 36-year-old Siddique married his daughter to the son of Rasheed Ahmed and in exchange got married to the 16-year-old daughter of Rasheed, identified as Samreen.

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Sources told local media that Samreen took the step as she did not agree with the marriage.

The police have shifted the body to a hospital for medico-legal formalities and would launch legal action in the case after receiving the post-mortem report.