Grim report

Woman, 26, says her in-laws poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze

The Wall Street Journal published a grim account from a 26-year-old mother in India who suffered burns over 40 percent of her body after, she said, her sister-in-law doused her in kerosene and lit a match. Parineeta, a mother of two, says the shocking incident was the culmination of a dispute with her husband’s family members, who want her to live a traditional cloistered life. Parineeta’s sister-in-law and father-in-law have been charged in the case, but say they’re innocent. They claim Parineeta doused herself and set herself on fire. The case highlights an ominous cultural problem that persists in India, the Journal reports, in which seemingly benign and solvable familial disputes explode into matters of life and death. And, still too often, women are burned by their relatives for a perceived dishonor brought to the family.

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.

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