Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jahra Arsonist Sentenced to Death in Kuwait

I doubt anyone has not heard of this story; it lead to the Kuwaiti government banning wedding tents. A distraught 23-year old woman set fire to her "husbands" wifes wedding tent, of women and children, leading to the worst civilan disaster in Kuwait in which 57 perished.

According to Wikipedia: At least 49 people were killed and about 80 others wounded when the grooms' 23-year-old first wife, sought revenge for her husband's second marriage, poured petrol on a tent where women and children were celebrating and set it on fire. Within three minutes the whole tent, which had only one exit and did not meet fire safety regulations, was engulfed in flames, trapping many inside. It was the deadliest civilian disaster in Kuwait in the last 40 years.

What bugs me the most is that she had admitted to setting the fire as an act of revenge for her husband taking another wife, then in court she decides to flip 180 and proclaim she had nothing to do with it.


BBC article

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