An Indian man beat and then burned his wife alive after an argument in the southern state of Chiapas, police said Monday.
Andres Gomez Santiz tied his wife, Maria Lopez Diaz, to a post, dumped gasoline on her and lit her on fire on Sunday in their house in the community of Jocoljo, according to a police statement.
Police said an "infuriated" Gomez argued with his wife before beating her up and then burning her alive.
Village residents detained Gomez when he tried to flee and handed him over to a judge. In his statement to police, he did not say why he killed his wife.
Local authorities say there is a high rate of wife abuse among the Indian communities in southern Chiapas, based on outdated concepts of women's roles in society, AP reports.
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