Sonia Bibi, a 20 year old Pakistan woman has fatally succumbed to her injuries, a month after former lover doused her in petrol and set her alight after she turned down the man’s marriage proposal.
Although medical staff at the hospital the woman was submitted to originally believed Bibi would recover, Bibi nevertheless died on Tuesday after her injuries became infected.
The extent of Bibi’s injuries included the woman being burned between 45 to 50% of her body told doctor Naheed Chaudry, the head of the Multan’s Nishtar hospital’s burns department.
At the time of the assault, according to a report via the guardian, Sonia Bibi told authorities she had fallen out of love with her former boyfriend, Ahmed, with the man setting on her after refusing to marry him.
The latest assault, one of many in the region which habitually sees women either having acid poured on their face and bodies or set alight marks one of many of hundreds of women annually subjected to domestic violence or assault on the grounds of defending ‘family honor.’
The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to improve the lives of women in Pakistan’s conservative and patriarchal society, says more than 3,000 women have been killed in such attacks since 2008.
According to the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network, ‘honor’ killings in Pakistan make up a fifth of such murders around the world every year.