New Delhi: An 18-year-old woman, who was set on fire by a stalker in Rishikesh for repeatedly turning down his love proposals, succumbed to injuries on Sunday. She was undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
“The woman had suffered around 77 per cent burns and was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. Most of the injuries were on her face and lungs. She died at around 10am,” doctors were quoted as saying in a PTI report.
Further, the report states that the mother of the deceased suffered a heart attack after hearing the news. She was admitted to the same hospital.
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 in Rishikesh on Monday with 70 to 80 per cent burns. She was flown to Delhi in an air ambulance on December 19 and admitted to the burn ward at Safdarjung Hospital, officials said.
The man had been stalking her after she had rebuffed his advances, police said. “The accused poured petrol on the woman and set her ablaze. After hearing her cries for help, locals rushed to the spot and took her to the hospital,” police said.
Angry students of the woman’s university have demanded 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.