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Bride Burned for Rejecting Advances

February 24, 1999

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Police arrested a 60-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly doused his new daughter-in-law with gasoline and set her on fire for spurning his sexual advances.

The woman, Iglal Ahmed Zaki, 18, was in critical condition with third-degree burns over 85 percent of her body, police officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The woman was alone in the house with her father-in-law, Mustafa Hamed el-Masri, while her husband, Mohammed, worked in a neighboring province, the officials said.

El-Masri, frustrated by Zaki’s rejections, first threatened to kill her. When she resisted again, he doused her with gasoline and set her ablaze Tuesday, the officials said.

The attack occurred in Mansoura, a city 75 miles northeast of Cairo.

El-Masri was charged with attempted murder and attempted rape, punishable by up to 15 years hard labor. If Zaki dies, the charge will be changed to murder, punishable by death.

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