: An 18-year-old woman, who was undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital after allegedly being set on fire by her stalker for rejecting his romantic advances, succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, officials said.
“The woman had suffered around 77 per cent burns and was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. Most of the injuries were on her face and lungs. She died at around 10am,” doctors said.
According to sources, the victim’s mother suffered a heart attack after hearing the news of her daughter’s death and was admitted to the same hospital.
The 31-year-old accused in the case is a taxi driver. He attacked the woman on December 16, when she was returning home from her college in Rishikesh, officials said. The accused has been arrested.
The woman was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh on Monday with 70 to 80 per cent burns. She was flown to Delhi in an air ambulance on Wednesday and admitted to the burns ward at Safdarjung Hospital, officials said.
Police said that the man had been stalking her after she had rebuffed his advances. “The accused poured petrol on the woman and set her ablaze. After hearing her cries for help, some locals rushed to the spot and rushed her to the hospital,” police said. Angry students of the woman’s university have demanded capital punishment for the accused, who was arrested on the same day by the police.