Koraput : A 17-year-old girl was set on fire by her college mate of the same age at Semiliguda in Odisha’s Koraput district.
The unfortunate incident has occurred after she rejected his advances.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon, the police registered an FIR on Saturday. The girl has suffered over 50 per cent burns. She is being treated at the Koraput district headquarters hospital. Her condition is said to be critical.
Police already registered a case under Juvenile Justice Act against the accused as he is a minor.
The victim and the accused had a verbal spat over some issue that turned ugly. “The boy then poured petrol on the girl and set her ablaze within moments.” Said Semiliguda police station inspector in-charge Priyash Chhotray.
“Though we suspect it to be a case of failed romance, we are yet to know the actual reason. The accused is absconding,” Chhotray added.