In shocking incident of revenge over spurning a love offer, a youth set ablaze a young woman at Chiyyaram in Thrissur on Thursday morning.
The BTech student Neethu (22) was doused in petrol by one Nideesh of Vadakkekkadu in the same district. The suspect has been arrested.
According to police, it is suspected that the accused committed the murder as Neethu rejected his love proposal. Nidheesh is said to have gone to Neethu's house in the morning and repeated his offer. An argument followed and in a fit of fury, he doused her in petrol that he had brought with him and set her ablaze. Efforts by her family members to save her turned futile.
It is suspected that he had been stalking her and her refusal to accept his offer enraged him. Investigation into the matter was on and the antecedents of the accused were being looked into, police said.