According to reports, the incident occurred late Monday night in Adambakkam area when Akash, classmate of the girl, barged at the residence of Indhuja, engineering graduate, and called her out the house.
A 21-year old woman was set afire allegedly by a former schoolmate for declining his marriage proposal, police said today. He started stalking her after she rejected him and the situation got so bad that Induja had to stop going to work, the report added.
Sindhuja was allegedly set ablaze by 25-year-old Akash, who is in police custody now.
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She was being pursued by Akash against her will.
Demanding a strong punishment to the offender, PMK chief S Ramadoss said it was a "matter of concern that the government has not taken any steps to rein in violence against women, staged in the name of one-side love".
Induja died before she could be taken to a hospital.
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Last night young woman set on fire in Chennai by a stalker.
The victim's uncle said, "Akash was stalking my niece for a month". He forced the girl and her family members to open the door by threatening them of committing suicide by setting himself on fire. Her father Shanmugam (48) is working in Dubai. The victim's mother is said to have suffered 49 per cent burns and her is said to be in the ICU. He was however overpowered by the neighbours and handed over to the police.
On hearing their screams, the neighbours rushed to the victim's house.
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The woman, identified as Sindhuja, succumbed to the burns at the Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital (KMC) on Tuesday morning.