Woman set on fire ‘for rejecting marriage proposal’

Woman set on fire ‘for rejecting marriage proposal’


A young Pakistani woman died on Tuesday for refusing his marriage proposal after a rejected suitor set her ablaze, a doctor said.

Sonia Bibi, 20, was admitted to hospital last month, where she told cops that her former lover Latif Ahmed had doused her with petrol and set her alight after his proposition was turned down by her.

Medical staff had initially said she’d recover, however a doctor in Multan’s Nishtar hospital told AFP that Bibi’s injuries had become infected and that she died on Tuesday.

About 45 to 50 per cent of Bibi’s body was burned in the strike, physician Naheed Chaudhry, the head of the hospital’s burns department told AFP.

The episode happened in central Punjab state in a remote village of Multan district. Police have arrested the 24-year old suspect.

Bibi had told authorities that she’d fallen out of love with Ahmed, and preliminary investigations indicated he had set her on fire “after she refused to marry him”.

Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan each year in cases of domestic violence or about the grounds of defending family “honour”.

The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to enhance the lives of girls in Pakistan, says more than 3,000 girls have been killed in such attacks since 2008.