Burned alive

20-year-old Pakistani woman dies after rejected suitor sets her on fire

Last month, about 50 percent of Sonia Bibi’s body was covered in burns when she was admitted to a hospital in Pakistan. She told police then that her former romantic partner, a 24-year-old suspect, covered her in gasoline and set her on fire after she rejected his marriage proposal, an attack that took place in the Multan district in central Punjab province. Medical officials said 20-year-old Bibi was expected to recover, but she died this week after the burns became infected.

In Pakistan’s patriarchal society, nearly 3,000 women have died in such “honor killings” or from domestic violence since 2008, according to the Aurat Foundation.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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