Woman set on fire by stalker in full public view, dies

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"On questioning the man told us that he set her on fire after she rejected his marriage proposal and he did not want her to accept anyone else". However, she succumbed to her burns and died on Friday morning.

A 22-year-old woman was attacked by her alleged lover who poured petrol on her and set her ablaze in Lalaguda on Thursday evening. In the CCTV footage, Kartheek, who was carrying a bottle of petrol, poured it on her and set her ablaze near Vidyamandir school in Lalapet. "She had been declining his proposals saying it was against her family values and that they could remain friends", a Lalaguda police officer said. The accused Karthik has been taken into custody. When he recently called Sandhya, her male colleague answered and warned him not to call her again. Hearing her cries, some passersby rushed and put out the fire. Enraged by her decision, Karthik chose to kill her and set her ablaze.

Sumathi also added that the accused also told the police that the victim rejected him saying that she was more attractive and talented than him.

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Mourners at funeral proceeding demanded maximum punishment for Karthik. "He had been harassing her, pressing her to marry him and quit her job", DCP Sumathi told NDTV. "Karthik was sacked for not performing at work", said V. Jagan Reddy, the proprietor of Lucky Traders, where Rani worked. Based on Karthik's body language and hand gestures, it appears they were arguing, and Sandhya started walking faster as if trying to shake him off. After setting Sandhya on fire, he hid nearby and waited for police to go away from the scene.

D Savitri, mother of Sandhya said that she never confided to her about Karthik and his threats and harassment. "If we had known we would have taken precautions and informed police also".

The police had earlier registered a case under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder). In another horrific incident in September 2016, a 21-year-old woman was killed after a 34-year-old man who had been stalking her for more than a year stabbed her at least 22 times with a pair of scissors.

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