In a gruesome incident, 18-year-old Bindu was burned alive by her father Jagannath (50) apparently for having criticised his cooking.
Bindu suffered 90 per cent burns in the incident and is fighting for her life at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.
The incident took place around 10 pm on Thursday night in Yamuna Vihar in East Delhi.
“Jagannath told us that he had cooked mutton for his family on Thursday. During dinner, Bindu complained that the mutton was too spicy and not cooked properly. This began an argument between the two,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
In a fit of rage, Jagannath apparently hit Bindu and then, in front of his other five children, poured kerosene on her.
“Then he set her on fire and tried to flee. But some neighbours, who had come out on hearing the commotion, caught him,” added the officer.
Jagannath, an MTNL employee, has been arrested.
The police said Jagannath’s wife had died sometime back and he had been living with his six children since then.