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Woman Dies In 'Honour Killing' After Being 'Set On Fire For Turning Down Marriage Proposal'

04/11/2015 01:35 GMT | Updated 04/11/2015 01:59 GMT

A woman has died after a former lover who was furious that she rejected his marriage proposal set her on fire, medics have announced.

Sonia Bibi was admitted to hospital suffering severe burns, which she said happened when she was doused with petrol and set alight by Latin Ahmed.

The 20-year-old spent a month at Nishtar hospital in Multan, Pakistan, but although doctors initially believed she would recover, her wounds became infected and she died on Tuesday morning, the Guardian reported.

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Sonia Bibi has died after being set on fire

She had suffered burns to 50 percent of her whole body.

Preliminary investigations suggested that Ahmed had set Bibi on fire when she rejected his marriage proposal.

She told police that she had fallen out of love with him.

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According to the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network, “honour” killings in Pakistan make up a fifth of such murders around the world every year.

There are some 5,000 “honour” killings across the globe annually.