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2016-06-03 12:36:43

The sheer brutality: No safe corner for Pakistani women

 

Day after struggling for life, 19-year-old Maria Sadaqat has succumbed to severe burn injuries at PIMS hospital in Islamabad today (Wednesday),A private TV Chanel  reported. The victim was tortured and set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal from the son of a former colleague. She was attacked by a group of people on Monday in the village of Upper Dewal close to the summer hill resort of Murree, outside the capital Islamabad.

“She was badly tortured and then burned alive. We brought her to hospital in Islamabad but she succumbed to her wounds today,” Abdul Basit, Maria‘s uncle, told AFP outside a burns centre at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in the capital. Maria was admitted to hospital with 85 percent burns in critical condition. Grieving relatives outside the centre wept and protested at the teenager‘s death as police moved her body to another hospital for a post-mortem. Maria was locked in a room which was then set alight. It is believed oil may have already been poured over her to reduce any chances of survival.

The sheer brutality of the crime is hard to comprehend. But Maria is not the lone victim of such crime. According to the HRCP, in 2016 alone, 43 women were set ablaze; thirteen of them died. Another 26 were scarred by having acid flung on them; four died. The pattern continues alongside other kinds of domestic abuse and violence. Just recently a school student was tied in a car and set on fire in Abbottabad. Cases of honour killings, rape and other crimes come in daily. According to reports, since 2004, over 1,600 women have fallen victim to burning. It seems just the perception of slight, particularly when inflicted by a woman, is enough to create insane rage which is satisfied by nothing other than violent death. As the CII ponders how light or heavy the beating inflicted on women should be, we may be sure others will perish in the same way Maria has.

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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