Girl Set On Fire For Refusing Proposal In Jharkhand’s Dumka, Dies


Dumka: A schoolgirl, who was allegedly set on fire by a person after she apparently rejected the love proposal of the accused, succumbed to her burn injuries in the early hours on Sunday, police said.

According to reports, the incident happened in Dumka town when the woman was fast asleep at her home on Tuesday morning.

The 19-year-old woman, a student of Class 12, had been first admitted to Phulo Jhano Medical College and Hospital in Dumka in critical condition with 90 per cent burns. Later, she was referred to Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for better treatment, the police added.

On the basis of the complaint and statement of the victim, the accused, identified as Shahrukh, has been arrested.

On the other hand, the district administration has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) which prohibits the gathering of four or more people in the concerned area, in a bid to maintain law and order amid widespread protests seeking justice for the deceased.

The mortal remains of the teenager have been taken for last rites amid heavy security.

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