Lahore: Woman dies from burns, foul play suspected
LAHORE: A woman from Shahdra town died on Friday from burn injuries that her husband claims were the result of a cooking accident, while her father has accused her in-laws of murdering her.
Hakeem Nusrat Shakir, the husband of 23-year-old Tanzila, told police that he was not at home at the time of the incident as he had gone out to buy milk. As he was returning home, he said, he received a telephone call from his wife’s niece saying that Tanzila had accidentally burned herself while cooking. Shakir said he rushed home to and immediately took her to Mayo Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead by doctors.
Suspected murder plot Tanzila’s father, Aadil, however, suspects foul play on the part of either Shakir or his family. The possible motive for this, he told police, was that it had recently come to light that Shakir had already been married and fathered two children at the time of his marriage to Tanzila one year ago. This fact, he said, had been hidden from Tanzila and the rest of her family.
Aadil also said that Tanzila had begun quarrelling with Shakir when she learned of his deception and that her in-laws began a counter-attack by criticising her for not being able to cook properly due the paralysis she suffered in her hand.
Shahdra Town SHO Tariq Jamil said that Shakir had been arrested over his suspected involvement in Tanzila’s death. However, he added, it was too early to ascertain that her death had been caused by foul play.
Doctors found that Tanzila had been pregnant at the time of her death. The police transferred the body to the city morgue for autopsy purposes and registered a case on the complaint of Tanzila’s father. Additional investigations into the incident are underway.