A 21-year-old woman engineer was killed while her family members are battling burns, after they were set on fire in Chennai by a classmate of hers, who had been stalking her for over a month.
The deceased Induja's mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedita, who were trying to save her, are in hospital.
The incident happened at Adambakkam AGS Colony, in Saraswathi Nagar, between 8.45 pm and 9 pm on Monday night. However, the woman's family said that she had rejected his advances. Read Also: Man threatens girlfriend with knife, later hangs himself to evade arrest But when Akash came to know that her parents have started looking for a groom for Induja, Akash chose to raise the issue again and went to her house at Saraswathi Nagar 7th street in Adambakkam.
Sindhuja was allegedly set ablaze by 25-year-old Akash, who is in police custody now. When her parents started to look for groom for the victim, Akash got angry. He was reportedly picked up by police on Tuesday. This is when, the police say, the accused threw petrol on the victim and used a lighter to set her on fire.
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".
Her mother suffered 49 percent burns, while the sister is undergoing treatment at Kilpauk Medical Hospital.
Media reports cited neighbours claiming that the ambulance arrived too late, at least 40 minutes after a call was made.
Induja's father is working in the Canada.
Induja died before she could be taken to a hospital.