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Nepalese man burns pregnant wife alive: Police

Published on Apr 9, 2013 3:05 PM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Police have arrested a man in rural Nepal after he allegedly killed his 22-year-old pregnant wife by stuffing her into a hay bale and setting it alight, an officer said on Tuesday.

"We received a call from the husband that the woman had gone missing, but when our officers arrived on the scene they saw the body and were suspicious," Niraj Jha, superintendent of police in Morang district, said.

He said that the man was arrested on suspicion of murder and would be presented in a local court later on Tuesday.

The woman, Maina Bardewa Bhitrikoti, who was four-months pregnant, suffered burns on more than fifty percent of her body in the alleged murder in the early hours of Monday.

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