A 20-year-old woman was set on fire by a man on Friday night in Chennai after she reportedly refused to continue their ‘relationship’, reports The New Indian Express. Parthiben also immolated himself following the horrific act. The two succumbed to their injuries at the Kilpauk Medical College a day later.
According to the report, Parthiben and Mythili, who worked in a textile shop in Anna Nagar, were in a relationship for the past two and a half years. But close to six months back, Parthiben injured his leg, forcing him to quit his job. Mythili's father too fell ill, making her the sole breadwinner in the family.
Owing to family responsibilities, according to TNIE, Mythili wanted to end the relationship but Parthiben would not have any of it.
“Parthiben followed her up to a street in Vivekananda Nagar and wanted to know the reason for ending their relationship. The duo started fighting and in a fit of rage Parthiben, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire and the victim ran in the street for about 100 meters. And within minutes, he set himself also ablaze,” a senior police officer has told TNIE. Residents in the locality reportedly rushed the duo to a hospital.
This is however, just another incident which will add to the growing list of crimes against women by supposedly jilted lovers and stalkers. Instances of jilted lovers and men attacking women have been widely reported in the media.
In April, a 22-year-old man hammered his girlfriend to death over her decision to end the relationship with him. He took her to Mahabalipuram under the pretense of meeting her one last time and giving her a birthday gift and killed her.
Last year, the murder of Infosys employee Swathi in broad daylight at a train station by her stalker shook the entire city.
Tamil Nadu is not alone in these shocking instances of crime. In February, a young man set fire to a woman, in the Kottayam School of Medical Education for allegedly 'betraying' him when they were in a relationship.