Meanwhile, the accused, Ajin Reji Mathew, has been arrested for attempt to murder.

Condition of Kerala woman who was set on fire by stalker worsens
news Crime Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:51

Kavitha Vijayakumar, the 20-year-old who was set on fire in broad daylight by her stalker in Tiruvalla, continues to remain critical and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Ernakulam. “With a serious stab in the stomach and 65% burns, which is deep, the girl’s condition is becoming worse,” the official spokesperson of the hospital told TNM. 

The woman was initially taken to a private hospital in Thiruvalla, where the incident took place but was transferred for expert treatment in Kochi by Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, the accused, Ajin Reji Mathew, will be produced before the Pathanamthitta district court on Wednesday. The Tiruvalla police, who are investigating the case, recorded the arrest of the 18-year-old Ajin on Tuesday night under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

 Ajin, a resident of Kumbanad, was taken into custody by the police on Tuesday morning soon after the crime occurred.

The incident took place around 9.30 am on Tuesday when the victim, a student at the Tata Institute of Medical Sciences, was on her way to the college. Following a heated conversation between the accused and the victim near Chilanka Junction in Thiruvalla, Ajin emptied two bottles of petrol on the victim and set her on fire.

The bystanders came to the girl’s rescue and helped put out the fire. While some rushed the victim to a nearby hospital, others caught Ajin and handed him over to the police.

In his statement to the police, Ajin said that the two were in a relationship and that they studied together in school. Although the police could not take the complete statement from the woman as she had, by then, lost consciousness, she managed to confirm that the two studied together in school.


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