The crime sparked outrage and protests in the district where the victim lived.
Ankita Kumari, a 19-year-old Indian girl, recently died in hospital after her stalker, Shahrukh Hussain, poured gasoline into the woman’s room and burned him alive.
The attacker was apparently harassing the young woman from the Dumka district of Jharkhand state, repeatedly asking her to have a relationship with him. However, she would have rejected him, so he threatened to kill her.
The incident occurred on the morning of August 23, when Hussain and his friend poured gasoline on Ankita’s bedroom window and set it on fire. The victim was rushed to a hospital, where she subsequently succumbed to his injuries on August 28. Naeem alias ‘Chhotu Khan’, the second accused of the murder, was arrested on Monday and sent to jail, reports the local newspaper Times Now News.
The crime sparked outrage in the neighborhood where Kumari lived and residents took to the streets of Dumka to protest what happened.
For her part, Priyanka Ghandi Vadra, the Secretary General of the All India Congress Committee in charge of Uttar Pradesh, urged this Tuesday the authorities to speed up the trial for murder against the accused and asked for the strictest punishment for them. The policy underscored the importance of a speedy judicial process when it comes to crimes against women.