A 30-year-old woman died after she was set on fire allegedly by her husband’s relative for resisting rape in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, police said on Friday.
The incident occurred on Thursday in an area under Urga police station, around 15 km from Korba.
Ramesh Patel (25), a cousin of the woman’s husband, tried to force himself upon her when nobody was present at home, said Urga police station chief MM Minj.
However, as the woman fought back, Patel thrashed her before dousing her in kerosene and setting her ablaze, he said.
On hearing her screams, neighbours rushed to her house and admitted her in a hospital with around 70% burns.
“We managed to record her statement before she succumbed last evening (Thursday),” the police official said.
He said Patel had also tried to rape the woman on February 22 but beat a retreat after she ward him off.
He is a native of Madwarani village. A case has been registered and efforts are on to arrest him.