Thursday, April 22, 2010

Woman sets herself ablaze

Shifted to SKIMS with 90% burn injuries
Doubgah Rafaiabad, April 21: In a shocking incident, woman married six months back was allegedly forced by her in-laws to set herself on fire in Doubgah village of Rafaiabad Wednesday.She was shifted to SKIMS from District Hospital Baramulla in critical condition where doctors said she has received 90 percent burn injuries. According to locals Sameera Bano, 26, wife of Mehraj-ud-din of Doubgah Rafiabad, she dowsed herself in kerosene oil and then set herself alight in her room this morning. People rushed towards the house of Mehraj after they heard cries of Sameera. “I saw Sameera in flames and she was crying; I tried to help by extinguishing the fire but couldn’t do much,” said Ghulam Rasool, an elderly neighbour. Victim’s husband, Mehraj-ud-din, while taking to media persons in District Hospital Baramulla said, “My wife has been addicted to cigarette smoking which I resented; last evening we had a brawl and she threatened me that se would kill herself.“Angered by her behaviour, I told her to go for self immolation in her maternal house but not in my home. And today morning she set herself ablaze when I was in the bathroom,” said Mehraj, adding that he immediately brought her to District Hospital. However, when Sameera’s mother-in-law, Mehra Begum, was asked about it, she refuted her son’s claims about Sameera’s habit of smoking. “I don’t know anything about her smoking. But she does such ‘dramas’ all the time,” mother-in-law said while referring to Sameera’s “tantrums”, regretting that she had faulted in getting her son married to her. Meanwhile, when family members of Sameera came to know about their daughter setting herself ablaze, they alleged that her in-laws frequently subjected her to domestic violence and now they have “forced” her to set herself on fire. “We want immediate arrest of her husband who is involved in this barbaric act,” said a relative of Sameera, when she was being shifted to SKIMS from District Hospital. He said Sameera was married to Mehraj just six months ago. Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Baramulla, Dr. Mohammed Shafi Nanda said, “After first aid-treatment, the patient was shifted to Srinagar as doctors who attended her said that her body had sustained 90 percent wounds.”He confirmed that the patient was in critical condition. Meanwhile, police has registered a case in this regard.

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