Hyderabad man burns woman to death in public for rejecting marriage proposal

Hyderabad man burns woman to death in public for rejecting marriage proposal

But Sandhya, who suffered 60 per cent burns, died in the hospital on Friday morning. "What my son did was foolish, but it was Sandhya who drove him to this level of madness", said Karthik's mother V. Urmila, who received a call from her son after the crime.

A police officer said in a statement, "Karthik had no job for the past year and had been drinking a lot".

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Sandhya had been working in a commercial establishment for about a year. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone) B Sumathi said that at around 6.30 pm, when Sandhya Rani, 25, was walking on the road, a man came from her rear side and poured kerosene and set her ablaze.

"During the argument, he poured petrol on her and set her on fire", she said.Hearing her cries, some passersby rushed to her aid and put out the fire. Before Sandhya was set ablaze, the accused called the victim on her mobile phone and the police got his telephone number, which was kept switched off. He parked his motorcycle near a hotel hoping to get away but he was arrested when he came to collect the bike, " she added. "We are now altering the case sections also", Sumathi said.

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The woman worked as a receptionist at an aluminium fabrication unit, the police said.

Sandhya and Karthik knew each other for over two years and used to be in a relationship. Enraged by her decision, Karthik chose to kill her and set her ablaze. "Investigations have revealed that Karthik had been chasing and harassing Sandhya for months".

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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. "If we had known we would have taken precautions and informed police also". When he proposed to marry her, she refused, the DCP said.

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