Man sets girl afire over unrequited love


In a heart-rending incident, a 16-year-old girl was set on fire by an Indian man for turning down his proposal to elope with him in Bardiya on Saturday morning. Her condition is said to be critical.

Babu Khan, 23, poured petrol on Shiwa Hasami of Gulariya-8 and set her on fire after the girl told him that she could not elope with him. SP Ramkripal Sah of the Bardiya District Police Office said Khan admitted going to the girl’s house on Friday morning and setting her on fire. Khan, who hails from Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh state in India, had long been courting Hasami for marriage. He worked

as a mechanic in a local motorcycle garage and was living as a

Hasami’s neighbour.

The victim had reportedly told Khan that she would marry him only with her parents’ permission and not elope as he had proposed.

Hasami’s brother, Tanvir Ahmed, had told the culprit to stay away after learning that the latter had been pressuring his sister to elope with him. They had even

been in a fight over the matter.

Khan had later agreed to leave Hasami alone during a negotiation that took place in the presence of police on Thursday.  “In our community, we don’t let the female members of our house to venture outside without the permission of the elders. So there was no chance of him meeting my sister. But, Khan continued to harass my sister on phone,” Ahmed said.

At around 6 am on Saturday, Khan walked to Hasami’s house, sprinkled petrol on her and set her on fire. The other family members were asleep during the incident. Hasami was taken to the Bheri Zonal Hospital in Nepalgunj for treatment. Around 90 percent of her body has burnt in the incident, said the doctors attending to her. “The doctors say that her condition is critical and referred her to Kathmandu, but we do cannot afford to get her treated,” said Tanvir.

Meanwhile, different organisations have started collecting funds to take Hasami to the Capital for treatment.

Posted on: 2012-12-09 08:44