Domestic dispute: Set ablaze by in-laws, teenage girl dies

Police add murder clause in FIR, continue hunt for absconding suspects

Mudassir Raja April 12, 2017
Police add murder clause in FIR, continue hunt for absconding suspects. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: A teenaged girl, who had allegedly been set on fire by her husband and in-laws in Kahuta almost two weeks ago, died at a Rawalpindi hospital on Tuesday.

Following her death, Kahuta police inserted murder clause, section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code, to the FIR.

According to available details, 19-year-old Hameeda had allegedly had had a domestic dispute with her husband and in-laws in the Darankot area of Kahuta. Following the dispute, her family allegedly doused her with kerosene and set her on fire.

As a result, the girl sustained severe burn injuries. She was taken to the Burns Unit at the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) in Rawalpindi for medical treatment.

The girl received treatment at the facility for 12 days. However, she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.

Her body was later handed over to her family by doctors after the completion of formalities.

Kahuta police had initially booked four people, including a woman, for setting the girl on fire on March 31.

A police officer said investigators had inserted section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code in the case.

He added that police had already arrested the girl’s father-in-law and a court had sent him to jail on judicial remand.

Expat robbed

A gang of unidentified robbers, dressed in the uniform of anti-terrorist commandoes, looted jewellery, cash and other valuables from a family which had recently returned from England in the Rawat area.

According to details, Zafar Iqbal Mirza told Rawat police in his complaint that he had arrived at Islamabad airport from the UK along with his family.

He was travelling towards his home in a car when four robbers, wearing ATS uniforms intercepted them near Rawat.

He said the robbers snatched around 125 grammes of gold ornaments, 1,500 British pounds and two mobile phones before fleeing.

Police said they had lodged a case against the robbers and had started investigating the incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2017.


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