Former DU employee immolates herself over 'harassment', critical

A 35-year-old woman, working as a lab assistant at a Delhi University college, tried to immolate herself outside the Delhi Secretariat on Monday.

The woman, who alleged sexual and mental harassment by the college authorities, has been admitted to Lok Nayak hospital with 90 per cent burns.

Hospital authorities said her condition was critical.

Around 5.30 pm, the woman reached gate number 6 of the Secretariat, poured kerosene over her and set herself on fire. The driver of an official employed at the Secretariat rushed to her rescue and tried to put out the flames.

"By the time firemen reached the spot, a CATS ambulance had already rushed her to hospital," a fire department official said.

Police said they recovered a note, in which the woman alleged she was taking the extreme step because of harassment by the college authorities.

According to police, she had filed a case of sexual harassment against the college authorities two years ago.

"The apex committee on sexual harassment at Delhi University had given a clean chit to the accused persons in April. She had also filed a case at a city court. Her services were terminated about a year ago," a police officer claimed.

DCP (central) Alok Kumar said, "There are some allegations against the college authorities. We are looking into the case."

The college principal could not be reached for comments despite several attempts.

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