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Nawabshah woman attempts self-immolation in protest

NAWABSHAH: A woman attempted self-immolation here on Saturday when the police failed to apprehend the accused involved in an attack on her husband,who is a police constable.

Hanifan, 40, staged a demonstration in front of the Nawabshah Press Club. She was demanding the arrest of accused involved in the attack on her husband, Head Constable Abdullah Magsi.

Hanifan suddenly sprinkled kerosene oil on her and set herself on fire.

The people present on the occasion rescued her and shifted her to the Nawabshah Medical Hospital in critical condition. Doctors said she had sustained severe burn injuries. Her husband Abdullah Magsi is also admitted to another ward.

A sister of Magsi said his brother was going to his duty in police uniform when he was attacked.

She said the attacker hit him on his head with multiple strokes of hatchet and his two fingers were chopped off as he was trying to protect his head.

She said the police had registered a case but were reluctant to arrest the accused.

She said when the police failed to provide justice to a head constable, then how it could provide justice to a common man.

Former district Nazim and MNA Faryal Talpur has strictly directed the acting district Nazim, Abdul Haque Jamali, to pay a visit to Hanifan and tell her that the district government would bear all the expenses of her treatment here or outside the city.

She directed the police to conduct an inquiry into the issue. Meanwhile, two police officers have been suspended on the charge of negligence in the case.
Source: The News
Date:9/21/2008

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