Kerala: Woman dies after set on fire by husband in broad daylight in Cherthala

Arathy reportedly ran around 100 metres seeking help

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In a horrific incident, a woman motorist was set ablaze in broad daylight by her husband in Kerala's Alappuzha district on Monday. The woman breathed her last later the day while undergoing treatment, reports said.

The victim was identified as Arathy (32) a native of Alappuzha's Pattanakkad. She was stopped near Cherthala Taluk Hospital by her husband Syam G Chandran on Monday morning. The 36-year-old man reportedly poured petrol over his wife and set her ablaze, Manorama Online said in a report.

Arathy was rushed to the Taluk hospital before being taken to the Medical College in Vandanam, where she died. Syam Chandran is undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit after suffering burns while committing the crime, the report added.

Arathy and Syam were living separately following tensions. The woman had moved court in December citing domestic violence. However, Syam kept threatening her over the phone forcing the police to intervene. The cops had arrested him and presented him before court after the man reportedly threatened Arathy again despite verbally warned against it by the department. Syam was out after receiving a bail last month.

According to the report, the accused stood near a road en route to her office near Cherthala Taluk Hospital. He stopped her scooter forcefully, dragged her off and poured petrol. After he lit a fire, Arathy reportedly ran around 100 metres seeking help. It was then people gathered and doused the flames on her before taking her to a hospital with police's help.

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