A man and his brother were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly setting the former’s wife and three daughters on fire.
Chaubara police said the men Nadeem and Aslam, their mother, Shafqat Bibi, and the latter’s wife, Rukhsana Bibi, were nominated in the FIR registered by the victim’s brother, Muhammad Irshad. While two of them had been arrested, police said they were looking for the rest of the two suspects.
Station House Officer Sadiq Rind told The Express Tribune that the post-mortem examination reports revealed that the deceased had been killed.
He said that Tasleem Bibi, 35, had been married to Muhammad Nadeem, a resident of Chak 498, and had three daughters, Farwa, Naureen and Tehreem, from the marriage.
Her family told the police that Nadeem and his parents used to insult her for not bearing a male child.
They also said Tasleem Bibi was frequently beaten up by her husband, his brother and their mother.
On Tuesday, Irshad said, he received a call from his sister asking him to come over to her house. He said she was crying and told him that her husband was beating her and threatening to kill her.
He said when he reached their home, he was told that Tasleem Bibi had set herself and her three daughters on fire and had been taken to district headquarters hospital.
Upon reaching the hospital, he said, he learnt that his sister and nieces had died. Medical Superintendent Dr Sadiq Mehmood told The Express Tribune that the younger girls, aged 3 and 5 years, had already died when they were brought to the hospital. He said the woman and the eldest child, 7, were referred to a hospital in Multan, but they died on the way.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2012.