Indian sets Nepal girl on fire for refusing to elope

An Indian man allegedly set a 16-year-old Nepalese girl on fire after she refused to elope with him, leaving her with 90 per cent burns.

Babu Khan, 23, a resident of Baharaich in Uttar Pradesh, doused the girl in petrol on Saturday in Bardiya district of western Nepal near the Indian border, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Keshav Adhikari said on Sunday.

The man, who was arrested after the incident, allegedly set the girl on fire after she refused to elope with him against the wish of her parents, Adhikari said.

The girl had been admitted to hospital and her condition was said to be critical. Doctors attending to her said she has suffered 90 per cent burns.

The police claimed that Khan had admitted that he had set the girl ablaze. Khan, who had long been courting the girl for marriage, worked as a mechanic in a local motorcycle garage.

The victim had told Khan that she would marry him only if her parents agreed to the match and refused to elope with him, the police said, adding that the girl's brother, Tanvir Ahmed, had warned Khan to stay away from his sister. Khan had on Thursday agreed to leave the girl alone during a compromise reached in the presence of the police.

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