Young woman set afire by lover’s parents, sister-in-law

Raipur: In a bizarre instance of attempt to murder, a young woman in village Kholha under jurisdiction of Abhanpur police station was set ablaze by the parents and sister-in-law of her lover after she continued defying their warnings to distance from the youth. The woman has since been admitted to a hospital in Raipur where doctors have diagnosed her with 80-85% burns and in a critical condition. Abhanpur police, in the meantime, have registered an offence of attempt to murder against all three accused but is yet to arrest any of them.

According to police, the victim had been in an affair with a youth named Lallu Satnami in her village since last three years. This relationship was vehemently opposed by the youth’s family and they had warned the young woman several times to distance away from him. However, the victim defied their warnings and continued meeting him. On Saturday, she reportedly reached Lallu’s house to meet him but he was not present in the house.

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Meanwhile, her arrival at their house angered Lallu’s parents and his sisterin- law who were present in the house at that time. All three of them then reportedly dragged the young woman into the house and initially abused her but when she too retaliated in the same tenor they poured kerosene oil over her and instantly set her ablaze. Locals immediately rushed to the spot and somehow managed to douse the fire but by that time the woman had suffered extensive burns. Soon afterwards, Raipur Police Control Room was informed about the incident over phone following which a police patrolling from Abhanpur police station was rushed to the spot.

However, by the time the police team arrived in the village, all three accused had gone into hiding. Police then shifted the injured woman to hospital and later in the night registered an offence under Section 307, 34 IPC against all three absconding accused who have since been identified as Jalal Satnani, Dukalha Bai and Naini Bai. Further investigation in this regard is now underway.

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