Woman set on fire by father-in-law battling for life

Woman set on fire by father-in-law battling for life

Karukachal: A 58-year-old man has been arrested on charges of attempting to murder his daughter-in-law. The 23-year-old woman has reportedly sustained 55 per cent burn injuries after her father-in-law set her on fire after a quarrel on Wednesday night.

The arrested is one Gopalan, a resident of Chambakkara here in Kottayam district. Gopalan allegedly poured kerosene and set on fire Vijitha who is married to his son Gopan.

Vijitha, who's native place is Puthuppally, is admitted to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital with severe burn injuries. The Magistrate has recorded her statement.

Gopan and Vijitha had fallen in love and got married, according to the police. The couple has a two-year-old girl child. After the daughter was born, Gopalan had started demanding dowry from Vijitha who is working as a sales girl at a textile shop at Thengana, near Changanacherry.

On the day of the attack, Gopalan had created a ruckus as Vijitha came home by around 9pm. After a while Gopalan poured kerosene over Vijitha and set her on fire under cover of darkness as the power supply failed, police added.

Her husband Gopan and his mother who reached the spot on hearing Vijitha’s screams extinguished the flames and took her to the hospital.

Gopalan was nabbed by a team of police led by Changnassery DySP N Rajan and Karukachal SI M S Rajeev, under the direction of the district head of the police.

He has been charged for attempted murder, assault and also under the Dowry Prohibition Act.

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