Woman doused in petrol, set alight for refusing marriage

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Reuters)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Reuters)

An 18-year-old Pakistani woman who refused a marriage proposal was drenched in petrol and burnt to death.

The Daily Telegraph reports Maria Sadaqat Abbasi was found by her uncle lying on the ground in a small village of Davel, northeastern Pakistan, with burns to 85 percent of her body.

She was taken almost 50km to the nearest hospital, where she later died of her injuries.

Her family have said the attack was carried out by four men as a direct result of turning down the marriage offer.

Three people have subsequently been arrested in connection to the killing and the fourth is still at large.

In 2015, 76 cases of women being set on fire were formally investigated by police.

According to Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the most common causes of these burnings were domestic violence, alleged infidelity and exercising choice in marriage.