Induja Mugam Indian woman burned alive after rejecting marriage proposal by former classmate. The subjugation and assault of women.
The incident led to the woman’s mother and sister fighting for their lives after becoming embroiled in the attack against Induja.
Local media report Mugam a promising engineering student from Adambakkam, Chennai in southern India, having been stalked by former classmate Akash, 22, infatuated with the woman for over a month.
On the evening of the attack, Monday night circa 8.45pm, Induja was at home with her mother Renuka Mugam, 44, and sister Nivedha Mugam, 21, when the the doorbell rang.
As it was late Induja didn’t open the door but called out. Standing outside was Akash, who insisted he wanted to talk reported the hindu.
Initially Induja refused to open the door but eventually relented. It was while opening the Akash poured gasoline over the woman, lighting a lighter before beoming engulfed in flames.
Renuka and Nivedha rushed to help her. Neighbours heard the screams and also rushed over but Akash quickly fled.
All three were rushed to Kilpauk Medical Hospital, but Induja was declared dead on arrival reported the dailymail.
Both Renuka and Nivedha were rushed into intensive care with 49 per cent and 23 per cent burns respectively.
Dr Ashiq, duty medical officer at Kilpauk Medical Hospital, said: ‘Mother and daughter were in a bad way on arrival. Mother was critical.
‘Since they were admitted both have been moved to a different hospital and [are] currently being treated there. They’re battling for their lives.’
Induja Mugam Indian woman had been harassed ongoing by her suitor who she rejected.
Induja’s father, Shan Mugam, 45, a software engineer who works in Canada, was informed of the incident over the phone and immediately got on a flight. He landed in India yesterday to perform the burial rituals for his daughter.
Told family friend Arul Nagrajan, 43: ‘We are still in shock by the incident. Shan is devastated. We have lost a daughter. Her mother is still critical and is battling for her life. And her sister is scarred forever.
‘We were looking for a groom for Induja but she wasn’t interested in him. She made it clear. He has left everyone in shock and pain. Akash should be given the strictest punishment; he has ruined our family. He needs to be hanged.’
The fleeing suitor was eventually arrested Tuesday morning as he waited for a bus at Adambakkam bus stand reported the hindunstantimes.
Told Inspector S Murli, of Adambakkam Police Station, ‘The family has alleged that Akash was in love with Induja and had harassed her for a long time. He had allegedly proposed which she refused.
‘The victim’s father works abroad and was not at home when the incident happened so Akash grabbed the opportunity to attack the women in the house. He has been arrested and has confessed to the crime.’
Mugam’s death harbors similar incidents where women have been doused with acid or grossly disfigured as the result of not conceding to the wishes of males. The violence against women in the region continues to mirror the attitude of women as subservient to males and inferior and often ripe for sexual abuse.
Akash an unemployed man has been arrested under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code and will remain in police custody until a date is set for the trial.