A 25-year-old woman was set ablaze in full public view on Thursday in Secunderabad city of Telangana.
The woman worked as a receptionist at an aluminium fabrication unit, the police said.
The woman was then rushed to the hospital with 50 percent burns.
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Deputy commissioner of police (north zone) B Sumathi said the accused, Sai Karthik (aged around 28), a school dropout, poured petrol on the woman who was returning home from office and set her afire in Secunderabad's Lalaguda area, around 10 kms from here. This made Karthik develop grouse against her. Karthik approached her on Thursday evening with a pre-plan to attack if she continued to refuse to marry him. Police are in look out for accused and it is learnt that Karthik was taken into custody but officials denied it. He parked his motorcycle near a hotel hoping to get away but he was arrested when he came to collect the bike, " she added.
Passersby took quick cognisance and put out the fire. He had purchased petrol in a water bottle from a nearby petrol pump and hit it inside his shirt. He immediately fled the scene, the police said. "Her family now talks of good a girl she was, but had nobody asked her questions when she brought home a new mobile, the money for which was given by my husband", said Urmila. "We are now altering the case sections also". Speaking to DC, family members said she had given some money from her savings to her mother Savithri for her brother's birthday.
A case has been registered against Karthik at Lalaguda Police Station under Sections of IPC 302, 354, 354 D, and SC/ST Atrocities Act as Sandhya belonged to the Mala community.