Woman ‘burnt’ to death
KARACHI: A young mother of a six-month-old girl was burnt to death allegedly by her husband and a brother-in-law in the early hours of Wednesday in North Karachi, police said.
They said that 20-year-old Bushra died in suspicious circumstances and initial investigation suggested that her husband and brother-in-law could be behind her death.
“It was quite mysterious the way she died and then doubts were raised by her bother and parents which led us to move in this direction,” said Inspector Nadim Khan, the SHO of the Sir Syed police station.
“We have arrested her husband Laeeq Ahmed and brother-in-law Raheel Ahmed and booked them for murder. An FIR (621/2010) was registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against them on the complaint of the victim’s brother Muhammad Ahmed,” the police officer added.
The incident took place in a house, number R-149 Sector 8, in North Karachi where the in-laws of Bushra told her family who lived in the Garden area on phone that she had committed suicide by immolating herself and died of wounds.
“The entire episode was mysterious right from the beginning,” said Sub-Inspector Chaudary Rafiq, the station investigation officer (SIO) of the Sir Syed police station.
“The victim’s husband claimed that he came to know about the incident when he got back home on Tuesday night and the incident happened at around 7.30pm the same evening.”
The police said that they became suspicious when they were told that Raheel was home when Bushra set fire to herself after locking herself in a room.
“Surprisingly no one in the house noticed any smoke, smelt any odor or heard any screams when all that was happening. It is beyond anyone’s understanding,” added the SIO Rafiq.
“We were already doubtful over the initial statements of Laeeq and his brother and later got convinced about their role in the case after getting initial findings of the medico-legal examination and the record at police station, the charity organization and the hospital,” he said.
The medico-legal examination conducted at the Civil Hospital showed that the incident occurred between 9pm and 10pm on Tuesday while the family called for an ambulance at around 1am in the early hours of Wednesday.
“Similarly, they called Bushra’s brother at around 2.30am about the incident, saying that she had committed suicide,” the police officer said.
“The couple got married two years ago and became parents of a girl some six months ago,” added the investigation officer.