Woman set alight for chopping wood from tree dies in AJK

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MUZAFFARABAD: A woman who was set on fire for chopping wood from trees on March 18 succumbed to her wounds on Tuesday in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

The victim named Rasheeda Begum, a resident of Nawan village, was set ablaze by her relatives for cutting wood and was admitted to the burn centre of Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Kharian. The victim was set on fire by her cousins for committing the act from her own land.

“Her cousins pushed her into a fire which burnt most of her body in the process,” local police said. The accused have been identified as Shahid, Ansar and Ahtisham.

According to reports, the alleged culprits first thrashed the victim and then threw her into the fire. A case has been registered in this regard and an investigation is underway.

The accused persons are still at large and the police are on the lookout to find them.

As news of the incident surfaced, residents blocked the Kotli-Rawalpindi road in protest and called for the culprits to be brought to justice. The protest came to an end after demonstrators were assured that stern action would be taken against the culprits.

Senior Minister Tariq Farooq condemned the incident and termed it unfortunate, saying that the AJK government had passed the instructions to the local administration to arrest the accused persons.