Karachi: Woman battles for life after ‘being torched by husband’
KARACHI: Tauqeer Fatima, 34, is battling for life at the Burns Center of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) after she was burnt allegedly by her polygamous husband when she confronted him over his intentions to take a third wife. Fatima became the second wife to Abu ul Hassan a month back. She is suffering burns on more than 90 per cent of her body after the incident on Saturday night. She was shifted to the CHK, where a medico legal report was registered. Dr Aftab Channar, a MLO at the CHK, said that the woman was brought in a badly burnt condition and he was uncertain if she would survive.
Due to the severity of her burns, Fatima was shifted to the Burns Center of the CHK. Fatima’s condition was serious and was expected to get worse, Burns Center In–charge Ehmer-Al-Ibran informed. He said: “Apart from her hips, genital region, and feet the whole body is badly burnt.” He said that her hips remained unhurt probably because she sat down to avoid catching fire, and there were no marks on either of her feet.
However, Ibran said that she had suffered an inhalation injury as her throat was swollen and she could not breathe normally, which meant she won’t survive for long.
“In our country, where a patient with even 50 per cent burns can’t survive, the chances of survival in this case are quite low,” the incharge added.
Complaining of chest pain, Fatima, in her statement to Malir police, said that Hassan wanted to take a third wife, which she had suspected for some time.
When she confronted her husband, he got angry and torched her. Police arrested Hassan on Saturday and registered an FIR against him.
SHO Malir Syed Hassan Haider Zaidi said that so far Hassan was denying the charges, saying that he was not at home when the incident occurred.
After speaking with their neighbours in Barf Khana, Malir, SHO Zaidi found out that the couple frequently got into fights.
“We found out that this is Fatima’s third marriage and Hassan’s second. The couple usually fought about their past relationships and accused each other of having an affair,” said SHO Zaidi.
After getting the statement of Fatima and arresting Hassan, police is now waiting for a neighbour’s statement, who many said knew Hassan well.