Jinder Kaur (35), a widow, was set ablaze by two persons when she objected to molestation by them in Qadian town of Gurdaspur district on Saturday. She suffered 70% burns and was rushed to Noor Hospital, Qadian, from where she was shifted to Guru Nanak Hospital, Amritsar. She gave her statement before the duty magistrate at the Amritsar hospital on Sunday.
Kaur, who works as a domestic help, said she was going home to nearby Kahlwan village around 11am on Saturday when two acquaintances, Sayeed Ahmad (27), and his friend, Ghulam Muhayudin (70), asked her to have tea with them at a flour mill. She agreed and was having tea with the duo when Ahmad, a deaf-mute, and Muhayudin started molesting her. When she objected, they sprinkled petrol on her and set her afire.
The police on Sunday registered a case under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code at Qadian police station and arrested the accused, who are both flour mill workers.