National
Man 'sets pregnant wife on fire in dowry demand'
Publish Date: May 06, 2014
Man 'sets pregnant wife on fire in dowry demand'
  • mail
  • img
newvision

KATHMANDU - Nepalese police were searching for a husband and his parents after they allegedly set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for dowry, an officer said Tuesday.

Police accuse Farid Sheikh and his parents of pouring kerosene over the 25-year-old woman, who was seven months pregnant, in an attempt to extort a motorbike and water buffalo from her family.

"When the incident happened about a month ago, they took her to India for treatment, saying it was an accident," police official Prem Basnyat told AFP.

After her health worsened and she suffered a miscarriage, her father found out and urged police to file a criminal case against the husband's family in Banke district, western Nepal.

"We recorded her statement yesterday, but her husband and in-laws have vanished. We are searching for them," Basnyat told AFP.

A local human rights group said it brought the woman to a Kathmandu hospital on Monday where she remains in a critical condition, with her entire lower body wrapped in bandages.

The woman has recounted how her husband "assaulted her regularly, saying that she did not bring... dowry. She added that he burnt her private parts with cigarettes," the Informal Sector Service Centre rights group said in a statement.

Nepalese activists have long called for tougher punishments against perpetrators of dowry-related violence.

They say the tradition in Nepal, India and other countries -- where gifts and payments are given to a husband and his family so that a marriage can take place -- is still widely practised, despite an official ban.

AFP


 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
UBTEB exams start on Monday
The Uganda Business and Technical Examinations for the end of this year will kicking off on Monday where a total of 49, 834 candidates registered to sit for them....
Two Pallisa women killed over family land
An elderly woman and her daughter in Pallisa district are hacked to death over land wrangles within their family....
Court orders status report on terror suspect property
Grade one magistrate Simon Zirintuusa has ordered a status report on the confiscated property of one of the 10 Al shabaab-linked terror suspects arrested in September in the city suburb of Kisenyi....
Uganda’s young population soars
About 13.1 million Ugandans are aged 10-24, according to a new United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.The report shows that Uganda’s population at 38.8 million, contradicting the national census results which put the figure at 34.9 million....
MPs pin energy ministry officials over sh13b
The ministry of energy and mineral development chief accountanting officer, Eng. Paul Mubiru has come under scrutiny when MPs raised a red flag, for failure to take action on the ministry’s workers who have not accounted for over sh13bn....
Interpol call for roadmap to tackle fake drugs
Interpol has called for a greater global response to pharmaceutical crime as it warned criminal gangs were capitalising on weaknesses in legislation and border controls.At a conference in Dublin, the global crime agency said the growth in crime involving fake or tampered-with medicines threatens the lives of millions of people and undermines health systems worldwide....
Should workers be subjected to a 4% Health Insurance Tax??
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter