Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Dumka: Jilted lover sets ablaze sleeping girl, victim dies in hospital 

CM announces Rs 10 lakh for family of girl burnt, killed in Dumka

Ranchi, October 7: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has taken seriously the death of the girl in Dumka after being set ablaze by a jilted lover by pouring petrol on Friday.

In a tweet shared from his official handle, chief minister expressed his deep anguish and condolence over the incident and directed officials to ensure strictest of punishment to the accused who has been arrested. He also directed officials to give assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

“Deeply saddened by the sad news of the demise of Maruti daughter of Jarmundi, Dumka. The accused is in the custody of the police. May God give peace to the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear the difficult time of grief. Instructions have been given to give assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased daughter,” read the tweet message in Hindi.

Speaking to reporters Hemant Soren said that government would not spare any such acts and ensure strictest of action against the perpetrators.

The 19 year-old woman died in a Ranchi hospital on Friday hours after being set ablaze allegedly by a man whose marriage proposal she had rejected, police said.

The woman, Maruti Kumari, a resident of Bhalki village in Dumka district, was rushed to a local facility by family members and then referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the state capital, a senior police officer said.

 Dumka Superintendent of Police, Amber Lakra, said that a team of doctors in presence of a magistrate will conduct the autopsy of the victim.

“The woman’s statement was recorded before a magistrate before her death which will be her dying declaration. A separate FIR is also there,” Lakra said.

The accused, already married, has been arrested, Shivender Thakur, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Jarmundi, said to media.

“A local man, who wanted to marry the victim, had entered her home on Friday morning, poured petrol on her when she was asleep, and set her ablaze.

“She was rushed to Phulo Jhano Medical College and Hospital by family members, and doctors later referred her to RIMS, ” Thakur said.

The woman and her parents were not ready for this marriage. Both the victim and the accused knew each other since 2019, the SDPO said.

As per the woman’s statement, the accused threatened her to kill her in the manner in which a 19-year-old woman was set ablaze in Dumka in August this year. On August 23, a woman was set on fire allegedly by a man for spurning his advances. The woman died days later.

The accused, identified as Shahrukh, allegedly poured petrol on the woman, a student of Class 12, from outside the window of her room when she was sleeping and set her on fire.

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