‘We ran out on hear­ing her scream’

Neigh­bours re­call shock­ing in­ci­dent

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - R. Si­vara­man

Ind­huja's mother, Renuka, and her sis­ter, Nivedha, were both ad­mit­ted to the Gov­ern­ment Kil­pauk Med­i­cal Col­lege Hos­pi­tal with burn in­juries. Nir­mala Pon­nam­balam, head of the burns depart­ment at the hos­pi­tal, said that Renuka had 49% burns and was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. She suf­fered burns on her face, up­per and lower limbs. Nivedha had 23% burns, also par­tially on her face and limbs. Both women are un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

A rel­a­tive said, “Our child has gone. I have only grief to share with you.”

Af­ter much per­sua­sion, an­other rel­a­tive R. Ra­jasenthil said: “Her fa­ther, who lives abroad, has been in­formed about the in­ci­dent. He is on his way.”

Res­i­dents of the area were in a state of shock and many women gath­ered near the house. S. Chin­naponnu said, “The of­fender should get the harsh­est pun­ish­ment.”

K. Amar­a­vathi, an­other neigh­bour, said, “On hear­ing her scream, we ran out of the house and saw the man rid­ing off on his bike quite ca­su­ally. And then, in­side, there were peo­ple burn­ing.”

K. Vanaja of the All In­dia Demo­cratic Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, af­ter vis­it­ing the house of the vic­tim, told The Hindu, “The youth is so au­da­cious to have planned the whole thing; he came with a can of fuel to the girl’s house at night and set fire to her. This kind of in­ci­dent should never hap­pen to any­one again.”

(With in­puts from Zubeda Hamid)

Clock­wise from above, R. Ragu, D. Ila­yaraja and K. Amar­a­vathi, neigh­bours of the vic­tim.

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