Case One In Rishikesh
An 18-year-old woman, who was undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital here after allegedly being set on fire by her stalker for rejecting his romantic advances, succumbed to injuries on Sunday, officials said.
Sources said that the deceased’s mother suffered a heart attack after her daughter died and was admitted in the same hospital.
“The woman had suffered around 77% burns and was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. Most of the injuries were on her face and lungs. She died around 10 a.m. on Sunday,” doctors said
The 31-year-accused in the case is a taxi driver. He attacked the woman while she was returning from college on December 16 in Rishikesh, officials said.
The accused was arrested on the same day the crime was committed.
The woman was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh on Monday with 70% to 80% burns. She was flown to Delhi in an air ambulance on December 19 and admitted to the burn ward at Safdarjung Hospital, officials also said.
The police said that the accused 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, locals rushed to the spot and took her to the hospital,” the police also said.
Agitated, students of the university in which the victim studied have demanded capital punishment for the accused.
Case Two In Agra
The girl, Sanjali, was set aflame by 2 motorcycle-borne men, who are yet to be caught. Her father believes caste is not a factor in the crime.
Sanjali was set on fire by two unidentified men who arrived on a red motorcycle Tuesday afternoon, as the class 10 student walked home from Asharfi Devi Chidda Singh Inter-College in the Naumeel village of Agra district, which is located roughly five kilometres from her home in neighbouring Lalau. One of the attackers poured the petrol, while the other threw a lighter at her. The loose sand by the side of National Highway 39 still carries the mark of scorched earth.
fter being rushed to S.N. Medical College and Hospital in Agra, Sanjali was transferred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi the same evening. She died in the wee hours of Thursday.
Four days after the heinous crime, authorities, as well as the family of the victim, are still unsure about the motive behind it. The police as well as the family believe it has nothing to do with the fact that they are Dalits, with her father Harendra Singh saying he has “no enmity with anyone in the neighbourhood”.
But he does reveal that a few months ago, he was struck on the back of the head by two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle when he was returning from work at 8:30 pm.
“There was considerable swelling for four days, but I assumed they were just miscreants or petty thieves up to no good,” he says. “I didn’t think this could happen to my children tomorrow.” No case was registered at the time.