On Monday, a man in New Delhi allegedly set a woman on fire because she turned down his wedding proposal. According to The Indian Express, the incident occurred in northwest Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy.
Hindustan Times reports that according to the FIR, a man called Abhishek had texted the woman asking her to meet him and had threatened to kill her if she did not. The woman's brother admonished Abhishek, who then apologised and assured that he would leave the woman and not harass her again.
However, after the brother returned from the market, he saw that Abhishek's uncle, Vijay, was arguing with his mother, verbally abusing her. “During the melee, Abhishek and Vijay went to the woman’s room on the first floor and overpowered her. They poured kerosene on her body and then set her on fire. The two then fled the house,” the officer told HT.
Tehelka reported that the accused, Abhishek (the woman's neighbour) along with two others Vijay, Karan went to the woman's house and hit her relatives. Gita, the woman's relative said that around 20-25 men had come to their house and hit them with iron rods. "When she refused to marry him, Abhishek poured kerosene on her, set her on fire and ran away," Gita is quoted as saying in the magazine.
Gita also informed The Indian Express that the boys had been troubling the woman for almost seven-ten days.
The woman has suffered 70 percent burns and is being treated in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in central Delhi, reports HT. The report also says that the accused Abhishek, his brother Karan and and their uncle Vijay have been arrested.