Two women were set ablaze in separate incidents in the city recently.
In the first incident, a 27-year-old married woman was allegedly set on fire by her friend in Malwani on Tuesday morning, after she turned down his marriage proposal. The woman is currently at Bhagwati hospital, in a critical condition.
The victim, Nazma Bashir Shaikh, a housewife, lives in Malad (West) with her two children. “Hashim’s relatives live next door to Nazma and he befriended her while visiting them,” said sub-inspector Deepak Mahadik from Malwani police station.
As Nazma was married, people in the building starting questioning their friendship, prompting Nazma to ask Hashim to stop coming to her house, police said.
“This agitated Hashim. On Thursday, around 10.30 am, he barged into her house and told her to divorce her husband, and marry him. When Nazma told him to leave, he threatened to kill her,” Mahadik said.
Police said that Nazma then reportedly poured kerosene on herself and told Hazma she would commit suicide if he did not leave. “Hashim lit a matchstick, set her on fire, and fled. Neighbours rushed her to the hospital,” said Mahadik. Hashim was arrested on Wednesday.
In the second incident, a 40-year-old rickshaw driver allegedly set his his wife, 35, on fire on Monday night.
The Dahisar police arrested him at around 4 am on Thursday. “Rakesh Singh has been remanded in police custody till Monday, said senior inspector Ansar Pirjade, from Dahisar police station.
The incident took place at the couple’s Dahisar (East) residence on Monday night. Rakesh’s wife, Seema, asked him for money for groceries, which led to a fight between the couple. Rakesh, then allegedly emptied a can of kerosene over her and set her ablaze and then fled.
The couple’s two children – an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son – witnessed the incident. Seema was taken to the Bhagwati hospital with 70% burn injuries and is in a critical condition.