GUJAR KHAN: Parents of an 18-year-old girl have been arrested by Pind Dadan Khan police of Jhelum district on Friday for allegedly torching her to death.

According to police, Ruqaiya Bibi, 18, a resident of the Koura area, was brought to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital on Thursday and succumbed to her burn injuries. Police reached the hospital for preliminary investigation and her parents were asked about the incident.

Police said when the victim’s father was asked about the incident, he said she suffered burn injuries after a cylinder blast at home while the mother said she set herself on fire by pouring kerosene oil on herself.

Statements of the mother and father were contradictory and they tried to give the incident the colour of suicide or a cylinder blast. When police investigated locals, it emerged that the suspects doubted the character of their daughter and allegedly burnt her to death.

A case was registered by Pind Dadan Khan police after carrying out the medico-legal of the victim and the parents were held by the police.

Published in Dawn, September 24th, 2022

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