Multan (Tribune) A woman was burnt alive by unknown people in her house in Makhdoom Rashid area, Multan on Monday.
A police official said the accused tied Perveen Akhtar to a ‘charpoy’ and set her ablaze. As a result, she suffered fatal burn injuries and died on the spot. Before fleeing, the culprits locked the room and then the main gate.
After witnessing fire and smoke, the locals rushed to the spot and broke the door. They doused the fire and informed the police. The official added the victim was alone at her house at the time of the incident. He maintained, “The woman had a second marriage with Iqbal and had a dispute with her ex-husband’s children.”
Meanwhile, Perveen’s husband Iqbal Shah told the police that children from his first wife used to quarrel with the deceased. She belonged to a well-off family and had retired from a government job about three months ago.
The police have shifted the body to Nishtar Hospital for autopsy and started investigation.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from Multan Regional Police Officer Azam Taimori.
Earlier in 2016, a woman was burnt alive after her husband sprinkled petrol on her in Multan over a domestic dispute. The heirs of the woman staged a protest demonstration outside the hospital and demanded the authorities to take action against the accused.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2017.