A teenage was burnt allegedly by her in-laws following an argument over her dowry in a Rahim Yar Khan village on Tuesday.
Seventeen-year-old Fauzia, a resident of 72 NP, was taken to Shaikh Zayed Hospital where doctors described her condition as critical. They said she had suffered severe burns on more than 60 per cent of her body and that she was unlikely to survive.
Kot Sanawa police Investigation Officer Niaz Ahmed said they had registered a case against Zeeshan Ahmed, Fauzia’s husband, and his brother Imran Ahmed.
Fauzia’s parents said she had been complaining about her in-laws’ behaviour ever since she got married to Zeeshan a year ago. They said her in-laws were not satisfied with the dowry and insisted that she ask her parents for more. They said her in-laws also beat her up a couple of times.
On Tuesday, they said, a neighour called them and informed them that Fauzia had been burnt.
Neighbour Arshad said he had heard a woman crying for help and rushed to the house next door along with his other family members.
He said they found Fauzia rolling on the floor trying to put out the flames. “We poured several buckets of water and later took her to the hospital,” he said. He said there was no one else in the house and suggested that her in-laws had fled.
Fauzia’s brother Sajid Ali said he and his father were both daily-wage workers and that they could not afford to purchase more items for her dowry. He said both he and his father made between Rs400 and Rs500 a day which was just enough to provide two meals to their family.
Wife injured with axe ‘on delaying breakfast’
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Aasiya, a resident of Kandhkot, was admitted to Shaikh Zayed Hospital was severe injuries from an axe attack allegedly by her husband. Aasiya’s parents alleged that her husband, Abdul Haq, had attacked her with the axe for not serving him breakfast a time.
They said Haq had fled the scene later and Aasiya was taken to the hospital by her in-laws. Doctors described her condition as critical.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2011.