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Pakistan rape victim dies after setting herself ablaze in protest at suspect's release

Published on Mar 14, 2014 7:13 PM

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - The 17-year-old Pakistani victim of a gang rape died on Friday after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said.

College student Amina Bibi doused herself with petrol and then set it alight on Thursday outside a police station near the city of Muzaffargarh, in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab.

A video shot by a bystander shows a woman in a headscarf engulfed by flames, her face charred and distorted in agony. "She was under our treatment but she succumbed to her wounds on Friday morning," Dr Muhammad Usman, a local doctor, told Reuters.

The police decision to release the main suspect had been too much for Bibi to handle, her brother told Reuters. "She was already depressed after going through the trauma, but after the release of the accused, she lost all hope of getting justice and set herself on fire," Mr Ghulam Shabir said.

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