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Femicide: Woman dies after husband set her on fire

The 55-year-old woman with disabilities whose husband set her on fire five days earlier died in hospital on Monday. The victim was being treated for severe burns in the face and the body. The woman is the 12th victim of femicide in the country in 2022.

The attack took place at the northern city of Komotini on September 8, when her 62-year-old husband poured petrol on her and set her on fire during an argument.

The victim was a person with disabilities and in a wheelchair, after she had lost a leg to diabetes.

When the husband saw his wife on fire, he changed his mind and called the police, local media reported.. He was promptly arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter which will now be changed to murder with intent.

The victim suffered burns at over 70% of her body and face and was intubated. As her condition worsened, she was transferred to a special burn unit at Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki where she died, state-broadcaster ERT reported.

The perpetrator initially claimed to police that they had an argument because his wife had admitted she was having an extramarital affair. He got angry and went to buy petrol, local media quoted him as saying.
Later, he reportedly said that she wanted to leave him for she had found another man.

The suspect was known to police for a separate incident which took place last August, when the couple’s 15-year-old disabled son was found wandering in the streets of Komotini.

Officers arrested and charged the 62-year-old father with child neglect.

The couple was member of the Muslim community in north-eastern Greece.
The woman is the 12th victim of femicide in Greece since the start of 2022, while over 20 women were killed by current or former partners in 2021.
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