Teenage girl burned alive in Murree for refusing marriage proposal

Published: June 1, 2016
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Maria Sadaqat, was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences with 85 per cent burn injuries. PHOTO: REUTERS

Maria Sadaqat, was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences with 85 per cent burn injuries. PHOTO: REUTERS

MURREE: A 19-year-old woman who was tortured and then set on fire by a group of men in a village near Murree, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday.

Maria Sadaqat, was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85 per cent burn injuries. According to reports, Sadaqat’s death led to her family members protesting outside the hospital, claiming that she wasn’t given proper treatment.

Woman tortured, set on fire in Murree

“She was badly tortured and then burned alive. We brought her to hospital in Islamabad but she succumbed to her wounds today,” Abdul Basit, Sadaqat’s uncle, told AFP outside a burns centre at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in the capital.

Grieving relatives outside the centre wept and protested at the teenager’s death as police moved her body to another hospital for a post-mortem.

Earlier in a statement, Sadaqat told the police she could identify two of the five attackers. Police officials claimed to have arrested two suspects.

Sadaqat was a teacher at a private school in Dhok Kallar in Lower Dewal.

Police and locals said that five persons tortured Sadaqat at her home on Tuesday after she got back from work. They said one of the attackers worked at the same school as the victim.

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According to the victim’s statement to the police, the attackers thrashed her, pour petrol over her, and set her on fire. She cried for help but had already suffered massive injuries when neighbours, who lived at a reasonable distance, were able to get to her.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on Tuesday, PIMS spokesperson Dr Ayesha Ihsani said that the victim had suffered 85 per cent burns. Ihsani said that despite the severity of her injuries, the woman’s condition is stable and improving.

“We have arrested at least one of the accused and a hunt is on for the rest,” Mazhar Iqbal, the officer directing the murder investigation, told AFP.

A doctor at the hospital said Sadaqat had succumbed to serious burns.

“The poor woman was becoming better but then could not survive because most parts of her body had serious burn injuries,” said Ayesha Ihsani.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • lkhan
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:55PM

    What to say?? These crimes are just too common in Pakistan. Very very sad….Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:54PM

    As I said earlier on piece about some men shooting dead a little boy just because his cricket ball hit their house door, the country is saturated with the angry and senseless ! Now ET, do the needful !Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2016 - 4:16PM

    Very sad incident reported & how much strongly condemn these incidents are less.Our local body government must take immediate actions on these harmful incidents & make a firm law for the protection of public.On this sad demise of the countered family i feel very sad & make prayers for the departed soul.

    Inna lillah e wa inna ilaihi rajeon.

    Aameen.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jun 1, 2016 - 4:23PM

    Malka-e-Kohsar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late.Recommend

  • krk
    Jun 1, 2016 - 6:50PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    “do the needful!”
    So obvious you’re a fake Indian trollRecommend

  • Vikram
    Jun 2, 2016 - 12:06AM

    Pakistan is the most advance Muslim country. Pakistanis follow the only true religion that exists. They know all of them will go to heaven. Give some blood money to girl’s parents and have fun.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 2, 2016 - 2:24AM

    @krk:
    No condemnation by you of this horrible act because you are (obviously!) a religious troll who supports such practices!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 2, 2016 - 4:32AM

    @krk:
    Wrong. Fake “fake Indian troll”. Lovely, no ?Recommend

  • waqas
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:09PM

    And Shermeen Obaid Chinoy should portray the positive image of PakistanRecommend

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