Two men set a 24-year-old woman on fire after they failed in their attempt to sexually assault her in MP’s Chhindwara district, police said.
The woman, a mother of two children, battles for life with more than 90% burns at the Chhindwara district hospital.
The woman told the police that the two men poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze on Sunday in the jungles of Diswan Ghaghar hillock, two km from her village Tulabijori in Parasiya tehsil. “The woman has alleged that they (two men) set her afire following an unsuccessful sexual assault bid,” Chhindwara superintendent of police GK Pathak told HT on Monday.
The woman was set afire when she had gone to the jungles to collect firewood and resisted the two men’s attempt to sexually assault her. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but later shifted to the Chhindwara district hospital when her condition worsened, police said.
“We have registered a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC against unidentified accused and investigation is on,” said Pathak.
The Chhndwara incident happened a day after a 12-year-old girl was set afire by two youths inside her hut in the Civil Lines area of Dewas town.
The minor was set ablaze while she was sleeping in her hut in Shiv Shakti Nagar locality late on Saturday night. She was taken to a private hospital in Indore and her condition was reported to be critical, police said.
One of the accused Sandeep (22) was arrested on Monday morning and hunt is on for the other, said Kailash Solanki, Dewas Civil Lines police station in-charge.
“The accused have been booked under sections 307 and 34 of IPC for attempt to murder and crime committed with a common intent,” Solanki said.