Pakistani Woman Dies after Being Set on Fire for Rejecting Marriage Proposal

Maria Abbasi was baby-sitting a younger sister near Murree, Pakistan, when she was attacked, her family says. (Abbasi Family/CNN.com)

[CNN.COM]

An 18-year-old Pakistani schoolteacher died Wednesday from injuries after her body was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal, police said.

The perpetrators beat Maria Abbasi, then drenched her in petrol and set her body ablaze before leaving her for dead, her family members told CNN.

“Maria was at home baby-sitting her 5-year-old sister while her family went to a funeral in a nearby town,” said Rafaqat Abbasi, her uncle.

“At the funeral her family was alerted that she ‘was on fire.’ Initially the thought was there had been some sort of accident, perhaps a pipe had burst or something.”

The horror of what had happened set in Monday night when her family returned home to the village of Davel outside Murree in northeastern Pakistan.

“Maria was lying on the floor, with 85% of her body covered in burns,” the uncle said.

Four men earlier had barged into her parents’ home, said Murree police inspector Sohail Abbasi, who is no relation to the family.

“There is no direct major road that passes through the village. We had to carry Maria on a chair to the closest road to get her to an ambulance,” said Rafaqat Abbasi, the uncle.

The young woman was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, for treatment, where she later died.

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