Bangladeshi housewife set ablaze by husband, in-laws

Dhaka (The Daily Star/ANN) - A 28-year-old Bangladeshi mother of two daughters is writhing in a hospital bed with most of her body burnt and wrapped in bandages.

Mousumi Akhter Sumi was set ablaze allegedly by her husband and in-laws yesterday at their house at Krishnapur of Comilla sadar for protesting against her husband's extramarital affairs.

Sumi is now fighting for life with 95 percent of her body burnt, said doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Mousumi and her husband Abul Bashar Sujon got into a fight around 9:30am, Ashiqur Rahman, the victim's brother, told The Daily Star.

At one stage, Sujon collected petrol from his motorbike, poured it on her and set her alight with the help of his mother and sister, Ashiq claimed.

Locals rescued Sumi and admitted her to a local hospital. Later, her family members moved her to the burn unit of DMCH, he added.

Ashiq said their father had helped Sujon to go to Saudi Arabia for work. Sujon returned home three months ago and engaged in an affair with a neighbour, leading to fights between the couple.

The couple have been married for six years, he added.

Officer-in-Charge of Comilla South Police Station Jasimuddin said Sumi's father filed a case accusing five members of the family who were now on the run.

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