Mumbai: In a shocking incident, 50-year-old Dalit woman, who was set on fire by a neighbour after she resisted his move to enter her house here in Maharashtra, has died PTI reported.
Around 95 per cent of woman’s body was burnt and undergoing treatment at a government medical college and hospital in Aurangabad city in Andheri village of Sillod tehsil on Sunday midnight.
“She died around 10 pm on Wednesday,” the hospital’s medical superintendent Suresh Harbade told PTI.
A police official said that accused Santosh Mohite (50), who knows the woman who lived in his neighbourhood in Andhari village, was arrested on Tuesday.
According to the woman’s statement given to the police before her death, she tried to drive Mohit out of her house, but in vain.
After that there was a quarrel between them, after which Mohite kidnapped him, said Inspector Kiran Bidwe of Sillod (Rural) Police Station.
“The victim and the accused knew each other and he used to come to her house. But, on Sunday when he came around midnight, the woman opposed it saying their meeting at that hour would defame her,” he told PTI.
However, despite her protests, Mohite stormed into her house and had a fight, she said.
“During the quarrel, Mohite poured kerosene kept nearby on the woman and set her afire,” he added.
The accused later locked the door from outside and ran away, the police said.
Hearing the screams of the woman, some of her relatives living in the vicinity fled and took her to the local hospital, from where she was referred to the government hospital in Aurangabad city.
The accused was first charged under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily injuring), 452 (house-lord with readiness to hurt a person) and 504 (insult with intent to breach peace). was recorded. But now he will also be charged under 302 (murder), Bidve told to PTI.
He has also been charged under provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the official said.
(With PTI Inputs)