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Bihar wife set on fire for lack of salt in cooked meat

Victim in hospital as police conduct raids to arrest her absconding husband

  • By Lata Rani, Correspondent
  • Published: 13:50 January 5, 2013
  • Gulf News

Patna: A man in Bihar set his young wife on fire merely because she forgot to add salt to a mutton dish she had cooked at home.

The victim with severe burn injuries has been admitted to a local hospital for treatment even as police are conducting raids to arrest her absconding husband.

The heart-rending incident occurred at Alam Tota locality under Forbesganj police station in eastern Bihar’s Araria district on Thursday night but was reported in the local media only on Saturday.

Police said Nazarana Khatoon, 25, served the cooked mutton to her husband Mohammad Guddu Khan when he returned home after a day’s work on Thursday night but when he ate, he found the dish tasteless as it had no salt, leaving him extremely infuriated.

In a fit of anger, the man grabbed the kerosene lamp kept at home, poured the entire inflammable on his wife and then lit the match stick before locking her in one of the rooms as she screamed for help.

Hearing her scream, someone in the locality informed the local police who reached the spot after about three hours due to incomplete address details and finally rescued the victim who was battling for life in her solitary confinement. Immediately, she was moved to a local hospital for treatment. Doctors say the victim has suffered more than 40 per cent burn injuries and her condition is still critical.

“She has survived just because of the police… but for our timely action, she would have died of burn injuries,” the local district superintendent of police Shivdeep Waman Lande told the Gulf News on Saturday. He said it took the police three hours to trace the victim as they had received an incomplete address.

Lande said the accused man was absconding after the incident but the police had launched a massive manhunt to arrest him. “He will be caught very soon,” said Lande adding the woman was badly beaten up and tortured before being set on fire.

Comments (12)

  1. Added 13:55 January 6, 2013

    He is a lucky person as from jail he can get the food with normal salt and Jail Warden has to monitor the salt level at all the times otherwise he may set fire even the jail. These are uncultured people for which punishment is mandatory.

    Fasal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:46 January 6, 2013

    Shamed to call my self an Indian, where brutality and cruelty against women still prevail.

    Sachin Timothy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:20 January 6, 2013

    As much as I am shocked to read about this incident, I am shocked to hear people brushing it off as a minute thing to show their patriotism. As an Indian I may be proud of my country, but not ignore hard evidences of deteriorating law and order in the country. It is time for people to wake up and demand for better as have millions in the Arab world. There is already encouraging signs after the Delhi incident but there is still a long way to go.

    Arsath Ahammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:04 January 6, 2013

    The man should get maximum punishment.

    firos, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:43 January 6, 2013

    I think it's disgracefull what happened to this poor woman and I do hope that she will recover, but the scars will be left forever.

    patrick, galway, Ireland

  6. Added 12:37 January 6, 2013

    As long as the public are spectators to crimes nothing much can be done. When a crime is happening the public should get hold of the thug and hand over to the police. But the public are afraid to get into such cases because of horrible Indian laws.

    John, Bangalore, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:33 January 6, 2013

    Feel so ashamed when I call myself Indian. Believe me, this is really embarassing for Indians what is going on.

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:16 January 6, 2013

    All people do is watch. No one offers help! High times to wake up and take responsibility.

    Farhan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:08 January 6, 2013

    i am really proud as an indian..these type of minute matter never decrese my thinking about my lovely country. in the world only one country you can see this much culture and religion. people are living under one roof. i remember once my mother was sick, my hindu neighbour (mother) she give me food, she cared for me like her son. we are living (hindus,christains,muslims or any relegons )always like family. Any one in the world never can see anywhere this type of loving life. please dont blame always for some minute things.

    shaheed ahmad, -, India

  10. Added 10:19 January 6, 2013

    it is utter shame when another nationality ask - oh its your country and that incient happened. So embarrising it is. Where are the law makers. One after another the cruality against woman is increasing like anything. At one stage it is a rape, another a brutial mruder. Shame on Indian law makers. Even after so many voices raised, the law makers are showing a deaf ear. It is a real shame.

    Anonymous, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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