Three have been arrested after a man allegedly set a 25-year old woman ablaze for turning down his marriage proposal.
The victim is believed to be in critical condition, with over 95% severe burn injuries.
According to reports, the incident took place at the victim's home in northwest Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy area. The accused, Abhishek, barged into the victim's house along with his friends - Vijay and Karan and few others - and began assaulting members of the woman's family.
"It had been seven-ten days since they began troubling her. Still she used to ignore them. When she could not tolerate further, she told this to her brother, who asked him to stay away from her. The harassing stopped for a few days, but then it started again," ANI quoted a relative of the victim, as saying.
The relative identified the accused as Abhishek, a neighbour.
"20-25 men came and started beating us with rods. Abhishek's four-five uncles were also there and with his friends as well. Abhishek started threatening the girl but she refused to marry him. He then poured kerosene on her, set her on fire and ran away," the relative said.
"Abhishek used to threaten her that if she doesn't get married to him, he will set her on fire and saying that if she did not belong to him, then he would not allow her to be someone else's. Both the brother and the sister are in pain. They (accused) should also be in agony right now so that they don't do it again in future," she added.
The police have arrested the three accused under Sections 307, 452, 323 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
--With ANI inputs