She was alone at home on Friday evening when the young man called demanding that she elope with him. When she declined, the young man who had reportedly been in a relationship set her ablaze.
The 17-year-old girl was set ablaze on Saturday at her home in Naranganam, near Kadamanitta in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.
The girl who sustained 80% burns in the attack was first taken to General Hospital, Pathanamthitta and later shifted to Medical College, Kottayam, after her condition turned worse.
However, the Kottayam Medical college does not have a burns unit and have shifted the girl to a General ward. The hospital has been unable to give her specialised treatment.
According to reports in Malayalam dailies, the accused has been identified as Sajil, 20, who lives near the girl’s house.
Sajil fled the place immediately after the crime and has been absconding since.
On Friday, he requested the girl, over phone, to elope with him. But the girl rejected his plea. Later in the night, at around 8pm, he came to her house and poured kerosene on her, setting her ablaze.
Sajil is a naive of Ilanthur in Aranmula but was living with his relative at Naranganam in Kadamanitta.
"We have taken the statement of the girl. She said that they were in love and recently there were some issues in the relationship. The immediate provocation for the crime is yet to be confirmed. The girl was not willing to reveal. Also since she has sustained 85% burns, we were not able to record a detailed statement. The accused has not been traced yet", Aranmula police told The News Minute.
The accused has been charged under IPC Section 307 for attempt to murder.