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Pak girl burnt alive for saying no to marriage proposal

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ISLAMABAD — A young Pakistani girl died Wednesday, two days after she was tormented and set ablaze for declining to marry a divorced person twice her age, the latest case that highlights rampant violence against women in the Muslim nation.

The victim, Maria Sadaqat, 19, was assaulted on Monday in Upper Dewal village of Murree hill resort in Punjab Province.

Abdul Basit, her uncle, told the media outside a healing center here that she was pressed for marriage by the owner of a local private school where she used to teach.

She had resigned due to the harassment by the school principal.

“He attacked her with accomplices on Monday. First she was tortured and then doused in petrol and set on fire,” said Basit.

She was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85 per cent burn injuries.

In a statement before dying, the victim accused the principal of the school and his four accomplices for attacking her.

Police official Muhammad Zeeshan said that one accused has been arrested and the raids being conducted to arrest others.

Ayesha Isani, spokeswoman of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, confirmed the death Maria due to severe burns.

Violence against women is common in Pakistan where every year hundreds of women are killed for honour.

Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year in so-called honour-killings, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission says.

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Far-West Province has high potential: Minister Bhatta

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BAITADI— Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment of Far-West Province Maya Bhatta has said that Far-West Province has high potentials for development.

At an orientation programme for journalists in Baitadi on Saturday, Bhatta said that the Far-West Province has high chance for religious tourism.

On the occasion, Province Minister Bhatta feted Far-West Provincial Chairman of National Association of Tourism Journalists (NATOJ) Amar Raj Bhattarai and newly-elected Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Baitadi chapter Mahesh Prasad Awasthi.

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