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Woman set on fire after rape by father-in-law dies

Press Trust of India  |  Baripada (Odisha) 

A 23-year-old woman, who was set on fire after allegedly by her father-in- in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, died during treatment early today, police said.

The woman, who had sustained about 80 per cent burn, and was admitted to a private hospital at in Jharkhand, succumbed to injury in the early hours, said of Police (ASP), Mayurbhanj, Ashok Patnaik.

He said Mayurbhanj SP Anirudh Singh has rushed to where statements of the family members of the survivor were being recorded and arrangements made to bring the body after post-mortem.

The incident took place on Friday night at Rairangpur town, about 85 kilometre from here, when the woman was alone at her in-laws house, police said.

As per the FIR lodged by the woman's father at station, her father-in- allegedly attacked and outraged her modesty when other members of the family were out of home in some work night.

As the victim warned him to report the matter to the family members, the accused set her ablaze by sprinkling kerosene, the complaint said.

Investigation into the incident was in progress and accused Khemka (55) has been arrested, the ASP said. A case has been registered against his name under various sections of IPC and a scientific team visited the site of as part probe, he said.

The woman was married to Khemka's son two years ago, police said.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 19:20 IST