Rishikesh: An 18-year-old woman was set on fire by a stalker in Rishikesh for repeatedly turning down his love proposals. The victim, who continues to be in a critical condition, has been shifted to Delhi for better treatment.

The accused, identified as a 31-year-old taxi driver, attacked the woman when she was returning from college on December 16, a day which is remembered as the anniversary of Nirbhaya gangrape case.

The woman was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here Monday with 70-80 per cent burns, Rishikesh Medical Superintendent Dr Brahma Prakash said. She was shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Wednesday as her condition continued to remain critical.

The woman continues to be critical and will now be treated at Safdarjung Hospital’s dedicated burn ward, he said, adding she had sustained serious injuries on her face and lungs.

The man had been staking her after she had rejected his love proposals, police said, adding that he set her on fire after sprinkling petrol over her. After hearing her cries for help, locals rushed to the spot and took her to the hospital.

Angry students of her university were demanding capital punishment for the accused who was arrested on the same day the crime was committed.

In October, a 22-year-old woman was set on fire by a stalker for rejecting his marriage proposal in Hyderabad. Soon after the incident, the accused set him ablaze too, a report said. The woman was admitted to the hospital with 90 per cent burn injuries.

In another case, that was reported in July, a 16-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district died after being set on fire by an alleged stalker. The accused in the case was identified as 18-year-old Mohammad Zahid.