Woman 'set on fire for refusing marriage proposal' in Multan

Published: October 23, 2015


A young Pakistani woman was recovering in hospital Friday after she was burned over nearly half her body by a man she had refused to marry, police said.

Sonia Bibi, 20, told police from her hospital bed that her former lover Latif Ahmed sprinkled her with petrol and set her alight after she turned down his proposal.

A doctor in Multan’s main Nishtar hospital confirmed to AFP that 45 to 50 per cent of Bibi’s body had been burnt in the attack, but said she was out of danger.

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The incident took place in a remote village of Multan district in central Punjab province, and police have arrested the 24-year-old Ahmed, local police official Jamshid Hayat told AFP.

“Police arrested the man after recording the statement of Sonia Bibi in the presence of her parents,” Hayat said.

“The girl told us that she was in love with Latif, whom she accused of dousing her in gasoline and setting her alight,” Hayat said.

Police have launched a probe, he said, but preliminary investigations suggested Latif had set Bibi on fire “after she refused to marry him”.

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Mukhtar Cheema, another police official in Multan confirmed the incident, saying that Bibi had told police she had turned Ahmed down as she was no longer in love with him.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Hassan
    Oct 23, 2015 - 6:44PM

    The Punjab government and police should think about why majority of cases related to women happened at this Seraiki belt.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Oct 23, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Such crimes take place when criminals are confident they

    will be released by the courts on bailRecommend

  • curious2
    Oct 23, 2015 - 11:23PM

    These tragedies tend to be more prevalent in cultures which treat women as property. Ample proof that Neanderthal’s aren’t extinct.Recommend

  • nil
    Oct 24, 2015 - 12:46AM

    The country where no respect for women showing how much backward this country is , thanks jinna you have left us and made separate Pak sar zameen.Recommend

  • Nero
    Oct 24, 2015 - 1:17AM

    Such things don’t happen in Pakistan. Recommend

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