A 17-year-old housewife reportedly set herself on fire after pouring kerosene on herself following a domestic dispute in Dhaka’s Shahjahanpur area today (May 28, 2022).

The victim, Papia Sarwar Mim, is now undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in the capital with 95 percent burns, said Inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp.

Inspector Bachchu Miah said the victim’s husband Md Ramim brought his wife to the hospital this afternoon and was later handed over to Shahjahanpur Police Station following allegations by the victim’s family, said the inspector.

The incident happened on the first floor of a house in Bagicha Jheel Masjid area behind Shahjahanpur Police Station this noon, he said.

Mim, who is a student of Dhaka City International College in Shantibagh area, is three-months pregnant.

Mim’s mother Parvin Akhter said her daughter and Ramim got married three years back. Mim had been having arguments with her husband over his affair, she alleged.

Parvin said, “My daughter set herself on fire as she couldn’t bear the mental torture of her husband.”

“We had an argument last night. I used to doubt her. Today, my wife set herself on fire,” Bachchu Mia quoted Mim’s husband Ramim as saying.

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