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Woman poured oil, set ablaze in Kandahar

Woman poured oil, set ablaze in Kandahar

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Feb 09, 2017 - 20:25

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): A woman whose husband poured crude oil over her and then set her ablaze has demanded of the government to arrest her spouse and give him the same punishment.

The 40-year-old, Razqa, has been admitted to the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province, with 60 percent burns on her body.

The mother of five --- three sons and two daughters --- told Pajhwok Afghan News from her hospital bed that her husband clashed with her in evening time two days ago and suddenly poured oil and set her alight next morning.

“It was raining that day, I fell in a pool of water and then my daughters poured water on me to put out the fire.”

After putting her on fire, her husband went out of home and she was then taken to hospital by neighbors.

Razqa said she got married 20 years ago and she had three adult sons, but during the past two decades, even the neighbors knew the family had not spent a single day in happiness.

“My husband is not a drug addict, but he also does not work, so I have to work at people’s homes to earn money and pay the house rent and support my children,” she said.

She said her husband had engaged one of their daughters and had received the bride price amounting to 100,000 afghanis. But recently he was demanding the 5000 afghanis Razqa earned through her work at people’s homes.

“That night we fought over the 5000 afs that I earn, I told him if I give this money to him, how will we pay the house rent and fulfill other needs, but he did not agree.”

In the morning, her husband poured oil on her and put her on fire. The hapless woman asked the government to separate her from her spouse.

She said the government should arrest her husband and give him the same punishment he subjected her to.

A doctor at the burn unit in the Mirwais hospital, Mohammad Wais, told Pajhwok Afghan News the woman had sustained 60 percent of burns on her body and she was under treatment.

He said the woman’s head, face, both hands and one leg were burnt but her condition was stable.

The governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, said police were investigating the incident and trying to arrest the husband named Rahmatullah.

Officials at the provincial womeninfo-icon’s department and the human rights commission office expressed concern over the incident and demanded a thorough investigation.

According to the women’s affairs department, more than 200 incidents of violence against women have been recorded in Kandahar during the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon, up from the previous years.

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