By: Owais Jafri
MULTAN: Two women were killed in Okara allegedly by their husbands in separate incidents on Tuesday. Police have arrested a suspect in one of the cases.
Set on fire
In Renala Khurd, a man has been accused of setting his wife on fire. She was taken to a hospital, where doctors said that she was in critical condition. She died on her way to a hospital in Lahore.
The suspect was arrested shortly after the incident, but has denied the allegation saying she had committed suicide.
The woman’s father, Raheem Bakhsh, also the complainant in the FIR, told police that his daughter Naseem Bibi, 36, had married Muhammad Hanif of her free will.
He said they had four sons and a daughter. He said the relationship between them had started deteriorating since the birth of their daughter. He said Hanif would often beat Naseem Bibi and threaten to divorce her. He said he had also threatened to kill her and the daughter.
On Tuesday, he said, Hanif locked Naseem Bibi in a room, threw kerosene oil at her and set fire to her clothes.
He said some neighbours heard her shout for help and rushed to her rescue. She was taken to district headquarters hospital, where doctors said that she had suffered 90 per cent burns. She was referred to Lahore, but died on the way.
The neighbours who took her to the hospital later told police that they had seen Hanif running out of the house when they rushed in.
Hanif was later arrested.
District Police Officer Babar Bakht Qureshi told The Express Tribune that the body had been sent for a post-mortem examination.
Hanif denied the allegation before the police. He said that Naseem Bibi had committed suicide.
Beaten to death for confronting husband
In Qutubpur, a woman was killed allegedly by her husband after she stopped her unmarried sister from visiting her house on learning that her husband had wanted to have an illicit relationship with her.
Police said the suspect, Mehmood Colony resident Muhammad Tariq, 40, had just returned from Hajj.
Police said Tariq had been trying to persuade his sister-in-law to have an affair with him.
When his wife, Aasiya Bibi, confronted him and told him that she had told her parents about his intentions, he beat her up with a rod, killing her on the spot.
Tariq fled the scene. Some neighbours who found her lying in a pool of blood took her to Nishtar Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Doctors said she had died on the spot due to blows to the head.
Qutubpur police said they were looking for the suspect. The body was handed over to the family after an autopsy.