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Man Sets Wife on Fire in ‘Honor Killing’

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File Photo. Kirill Kudryavtsev—AFP

File Photo. Kirill Kudryavtsev—AFP

Muhammad Siddique reportedly became enraged after his wife went to visit her sister without his permission.

A Muzaffargarh man and his father have been arrested in Pakistan’s latest “honor killing” after they set his wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday.

Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited her sister without first asking him if she could go out, her brother Muhammad Azam said. Siddique and his father then beat Bibi before dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire on Friday, Azam said.

Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered repeated domestic abuse for the couple’s inability to have children, Azam said. Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday.

“We have arrested the husband and father-in-law of the deceased woman and charged them for murder and terrorism,” said district police chief Rai Zameer-ul-Haq. The charge of “terrorism” is regularly applied in such cases to expedite the legal process.

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.

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