The police were searching for a husband and his parents after they allegedly set his pregnant wife on fire over dowry, an officer said on Tuesday. Police accuse Farid Sheikh and his parents of pouring kerosene over the 25-year-old woman, who was seven months pregnant, in an attempt to extort a motorbike and water buffalo from her family. “When the incident happened about a month ago, they took her to India for treatment, saying it was an accident,” police official Prem Basnyat told AFP.
After her health worsened and she suffered a miscarriage, her father found out and urged police to file a criminal case against the husband’s family in Banke district. A local human rights group said it brought the woman to a Kathmandu hospital on Monday where she remains in a critical condition, with her entire lower body wrapped in bandages.