Girl set afire by man for refusing to marry him

 A second-year Delhi University student was set afire by her stalker in North West Delhi’s Mukundpur after the girl refused to marry him.

The girl, 21, is in intensive care unit of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital’s burns ward with 70% burn injuries, said police.

“She is still in a serious condition. Next 48 hours would be crucial for her life,” said Vijay Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North West).

The incident evoked angry response from the Aam Aadmi Party government which blamed Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for the spurt in crimes against women.

“What is this going on in Delhi LG sahib n PM sahib? Do something,” tweeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The main accused Abhishek, 21, and seven other co-accused have been arrested and slapped with charges of attempt to murder,voluntarily causing hurt, house trespass, and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.

Abhishek, a dairy owner, who used to live near the girl’s house, had been following her whenever she used to venture out of her house, police said.

“The girl was doing her graduation from Delhi University through correspondence. The accused had been forcing her to accept him as her lover but she never responded to him,” the police officer added.

The girl’s brother was allegedly also against their relationship because Abhishek was from a different caste. According to locals, Abhishek belonged to the Valmiki community while the girl was a Rajput.

The incident happened on Saturday evening when the girl showed her brother  Dharmendra, 25, an SMS which she had received from Abhishek.

“In the message the accused had asked her to marry him,” said a police officer. Dharmendra went to Abhishek’s house and warned him against following his sister.

“After confronting Abhishek, Dharmendra came back home. He stayed at the house for a while and then went out to meet someone,” said Manoj, a local.

In the meantime, around 9 pm, Abhishek arrived at the girl’s house with 10-12 other men, which included his uncles and brother. They then started beating the family members. He didn’t even spare the girl’s mother, said police.

The girl ran on the top floor of the house to save herself, but was chased down by the group.

After cornering the girl, Abhishek again asked her to marry him which the girl refused point-blank.

An enraged Abhishek then opened a nearby kerosene stove’s lid and pour out the fuel on the hapless girl.

“He then lit a match stick and threw it on the kerosene-drenched girl before running downstairs,” said Manoj.

Meanwhile, Dharmendra along with one of his friends also arrived at home. “Seeing Dharmendra, Abhishek and his colleagues started beating him with iron rods. Dharmendra was beaten on his head, chest and abdomen. Even his friend was not spared,” said Manoj.

When the assailants left the house, the girl’s family members went upstairs and doused the fire.

She was rushed to Jehangirpuri’s Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital from where she was referred to LNJP, said police.

Investigation is on as some of the accused are still at large.
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