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MIRPURKHAS: A youth was booked and arrested by the Town police on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to burn a teenage girl to death in Muzaffarabad Colony a day earlier.

Police said that suspect Tarique Qureshi had proposed to the 16-year-old girl but the matter failed to materialise due to some reasons.

The matter was also taken to the local councillor in the past but to no avail. They said he finally tried to convince the girl about a court marriage but she did not agree.

They said that the dejected suspect drove to her house on a motorbike, knocked at the door and as soon as the girl opened the door, he threw petrol on her and torched her. After committing the crime, he drove away, they added.

The girl was taken to the Mirpurkhas Civil Hospital and then referred to the Liaquat Medical University Hospital, where doctors said she sustained 35 per cent burns on her body.

Published in Dawn, February 26th, 2015

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