Man ‘set on fire and scarred for life by parents for marrying lover’

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A man claims to have been set on fire and scarred for life by his parents after he married his lover without their permission.

The incident allegedly took place in an unspecified location in Rwanda with the victim Mugabarigira Jean Claude telling Afrimax TV that he is now struggling to live with the painful injuries.

He has claimed that his parents tried to set him up with a woman that he had never met but refused and then introduced them to the woman he loves, Yvonne, who is now the mother of his three children.

He then went on to say that one day his parents visited him and claims they spiked his drink with sleeping pills which knocked him out.

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He alleges that he was then covered in petrol and set on fire.

After being set on fire, neighbours intervened and he was rescued before spending the next 22 days in a coma in hospital.

Mugabarigira has also claimed that the day he was released from hospital, his parents turned up at his home and attacked him and his wife with stones.

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Pictures show severe injuries that Mugabarigira has suffered, with what appear to be severe burns across his body.

Yvonne has reportedly come out and said she will stand by and support her husband no matter what with the two reportedly thinking about moving home in an attempt to avoid more attacks.

It's not clear whether the authorities are investigating the claims or whether the parents have been charged.

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