PUDUCHERRY: A 17-year-old girl who was embraced by her 32-year-old stalker, who was on fire (on Saturday), died in Puducherry on Wednesday. The girl had suffered 80 percent burns after the man forcibly hugged her until she caught on fire as well.
She had been battling for life for the last four days at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) in Puducherry. The stalker, identified as Senthil, died on July 30 at Mundiyampakkam Government Medical College Hospital in Villupuram.
A pall of gloom descended over her native village as soon as the news of her tragic death spread. Her parents K Angappan and A Nagamma, relatives and villagers blamed the lethargic attitude of police for her death. "Had police initiated stringent action against him (Senthil) a year ago, the tragic incident could have been prevented. We lodged complaints with the Villupuram taluk police and the all-woman police.
The police warned him and got an undertaking from him and let him off. They did not take our complaint seriously emboldening him to continue harassing her," said E Rajasekar, her uncle.
Angappan demanded justice for her daughter and protection of innocent girls like his daughter from stalkers. "I lost my daughter. No girl must undergo the trauma faced by my daughter," said sobbing Angappan. Rajasekar said the police should take proactive steps and initiate stringent action against stalkers and molesters to prevent crimes of this magnitude later.