Chennai: Engineer dies after alleged stalker burns her alive

Young woman burnt alive in Chennai by stalker; Mother and Sister also got injured

A woman in Chennai died of burns after she, her mother and her sister were allegedly set on fire by a man who police said was stalking her.

According to NDTV, the victim's father wasn't home, but her mother, Renuka and younger sister, Nivedita were present when Akash arrived at their doorstep and demanded to speak to Induja. He started stalking her after she rejected him and the situation got so bad that Induja had to stop going to work, the report added.

Akash then splashed petrol on Induja and used a lighter to set her ablaze.


As per The News Minute, Aakash, who lives in the neighbourhood, landed up outside Indhuja's residence on Monday night.

The 25-year old accused Aakash, who ran away from the spot after committing the crime, was arrested later by the police. "In a fit of rage he took out a bottle of kerosene and set her on fire and tried to escape when the neighbours caught him and handed him over to the police", said a police source.

Demanding a strong punishment to the offender, PMK chief S Ramadoss said it was a "matter of concern that the government has not taken any steps to rein in violence against women, staged in the name of one-side love". They doused the fire and rushed them to a nearby hospital. Doctors at the KMC Hospital said Renuka and Nivedha suffered 49% and 23% burns repectively, mostly on their faces and hands. Renuka and Nivedha were later taken to the Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital. "Knowing that my brother is working overseas, the accused came to Induja's residence".

Other reports, however, claim that there had been an altercation between Indhuja and the stalker first, after which he poured the petrol on her.

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