Tuesday 6 December 2016

Young teacher tortured and burned alive after refusing marriage proposal

Published 01/06/2016 | 12:12

Murree Credit: Google Maps
Murree Credit: Google Maps

A young teacher was thrashed, had petrol poured over her and was set on fire by a group of men after refusing a marriage proposal.

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Maria Sadaqat (19) was admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85pc burn injuries after the vicious attack by five men.

Grieving relatives outside the centre wept and protested at the teenager’s death as a doctor at the hospital said Sadaqat had succumbed to her injuries.

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

According to reports, Sadaqat’s death led to her family members protesting outside the hospital, claiming that she wasn’t given proper treatment.

“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 the burns centre.

Before she died, Sadaqat told the police she could identify two of the five attackers.

She said the attackers thrashed her, poured petrol over her, and set her on fire.

She had already suffered extensive injuries by the time neighbours were able to reach her.

“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.

Sadaqat was a teacher at a private school in Dhok Kallar in Lower Dewal who reportedly refused to marry a man in her own village of Murree.

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