A 30-year-old woman was set ablaze on Thursday by her stalker in Tiruppur for rejecting his advances. She has been admitted at the Coimbatore Medical College and is undergoing treatment.
Sangeetha had reportedly met the accused, Mathiyalagan (30), at a wedding in Tiruppur and exchanged phone numbers. After speaking to him for few days, Sangeetha realized that something was wrong with Maithyalagan’s behaviour and she stopped talking to him, reported The New Indian Express.
On Thursday, Maithualagan convinced Sangeetha to meet him. While speaking to her, he hit her head with an iron rod and set her ablaze. She had severe burns and was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. A case has been registered by Vellakovil police station in Tiruppur.
In April, 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’. Parthiben also immolated himself following the horrific act. The two succumbed to their injuries at the Kilpauk Medical College a day later.
Last year, the murder of Infosys employee Swathi in broad daylight at Nungambakkam train station by her stalker shook the entire city. In the next three months after Swathi’s death, four women were killed in the state by men whose advances they rejected. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 1,359 murders occurred in 2015 over “love affairs”.