Stalker sets soft­ware en­gi­neer on fire in TN

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In a ghastly act, a stalker went to the house of a soft­ware en­gi­neer, who had spurned his pro­posal for mar­riage, and set her on fire in the pres­ence of her mother and sis­ter at a quiet mid­dle class res­i­den­tial lo­cal­ity in south Chen­nai on Mon­day night. The girl's mother and sis­ter sus­tained se­vere burn in­juries while at­tempt­ing to res­cue her and are un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Gov­ern­ment hospi­tal.

This is the sec­ond ma­jor in­ci­dent of a stalker re­sort­ing to ex­treme vi­o­lence against women in the city. Over a year ago, a techie was hacked to death at a busy rail­way sta­tion in Chen­nai by a stalker.

The ac­cused Akash, an un­em­ployed en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ate, knew the 21-year-old vic­tim In­duja as a classmate in col­lege. Po­lice said in re­cent weeks, he had pur­sued In­duja and pro­posed to her. “The girl had shown no in­ter­est in him and told Akash not to stalk her. On Mon­day night, he went to her house in Adambakkam and sought to talk to her. Ini­tially In­duja's mother did not open the door but later let him in since he in­sisted that he wanted to speak with her.

In a short while, an­gered by the girl's per­sis­tent re­fusal to marry him, he doused her with a can of in­flammable fuel (which he had kept out­side the house) and set her on fire,” a po­lice of­fi­cer said. When In­duja's mother Renuka and sis­ter Nivedha tried to douse the flames they sus­tained burn in­juries. “In­duja died on the spot,” the of­fi­cer said, adding that Akash had man­aged to es­cape from the scene though a neigh­bour who rushed to the house upon hear­ing the screams of the burn­ing women tried to nab him. Akash was ar­rested on Tues­day morn­ing by the po­lice based on leads ob­tained from neigh­bours of the girl.

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