18-year-old woman burnt alive in Pakistan

18-year-old woman burnt alive in Pakistan

Three people have been arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan, in connection with the killing of an 18-year-old girl. An arrest warrant has also been issued for a fourth suspect.

18-year-old woman burnt alive in Pakistan

Maria Abbasi

The girl, Maria Abbasi, was burnt alive for refusing a marriage proposal according to a report by CNN.

The assailants are said to have drenched Maria, a school teacher, in petrol before setting her ablaze and leaving her for dead.

She was said to have been baby-sitting her five-year old sister as her parents attended a funeral in a nearby town.

It was at the funeral that her family received word that Maria had been set on fire.

18-year-old woman burnt alive in Pakistan

Maria's grandmother mourns next to her body in an ambulance outside a hospital in Islamabad.

They rushed home to discover their daughter lying on the floor, with 85% of her body covered in burns..

Maria was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, for treatment, where she later died.

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