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Pakistan, November 4, 2015

Woman Is Burned Alive In Pakistan After Turning Down Her Former Boyfriend's Marriage Proposal

Original source

Daily Mail

A young woman has died after a jilted suitor set her on fire for refusing his marriage proposal.

Sonia Bibi, 20, was admitted to hospital in Pakistan last month, after her former lover doused her with petrol and set her alight after she turned down his offer of marriage.

Medical staff had originally said she would recover, but a doctor in Multan's Nishtar hospital said Miss Bibi had died on Tuesday morning after her injuries became infected.

Between 45 and 50 per cent of her body had been burned in the attack, doctor Naheed Chaudhry, the head of the hospital's burns department said.

The incident took place in a remote village of Multan district in central Punjab province. Police have arrested the 24-year-old suspect.

Miss Bibi had told police that she had fallen out of love with Ahmed, and preliminary investigations suggested he had set her on fire 'after she refused to marry him'.

Hundreds of women are murdered in Pakistan each year in cases of domestic violence or on the grounds of defending family 'honour'.

The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to improve the lives of women in Pakistan's conservative and patriarchal society, says more than 3,000 women have been killed in such attacks since 2008.