A 28-year-old jilted lover set a woman ablaze in public view in Telangana's Secunderabad after she rejected his marriage proposal, police said on Friday. The police made a decision to get the victim's statement (Dying Declaration) recorded through a magistrate.
The woman, who suffered 60 per cent burns, was then shifted to the hospital where she breathed her last.The police had registered a case under Indian Penal Code section 307 (attempt to murder). In the past too, neither the victim nor anyone else at her behest approached the police to inform about the stalking by karthik. "He had been harassing her, pressing her to marry him and quit her job". When they were arguing on the road he took out a vehicle of kerosene and doused her. Sandhya's mother is heart broken after her charred daughter succumbed to the burns. During the preliminary investigation, police came to know that Karthik is a known person to the victim and he works in the same company, which is into the business of selling aluminium articles.
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Locals acted instinctively, doused the fire and rushed her to Gandhi Hospital, where her condition is said to be critical. We found that Karthik had given her a phone which she gave it to her employer Jagan Reddy and asked him to give it back.
"On Thursday, Karthik proposed and I refused to marry him". They were seen talking for about 10 minutes. He had purchased petrol in a water bottle from a nearby petrol pump and hit it inside his shirt. Late in the night he came to collect his bike and he was arrested, " an official said. Karthik is also said to have worked in the office for some time but was removed from service for being irregular to work. She didn't say anything to us, " Savitri said.