Gurgaon, Sep 1 (IANS) A 25-year-old woman on Tuesday set herself on fire at a police station here alleging police inaction in bringing back her husband from Bihar.
The woman – identified as Anju – lived in rented accommodation in Islampur village on Sohna road near Gurgaon, police said.
She was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi with over 70 percent burns.
Police said Anju, who hails from West Bengal, got married two years back to Deepak, a resident of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. Both of them worked in Gurgaon, and have two children who live with Anju.
“Deepak went to his hometown over a month ago and refused to return,” a police officer said.
Police said Anju spoke to her husband for over an hour on Monday night. Deepak reportedly told Anju: “You are free to marry someone else, or commit suicide.”
Anju had earlier filed a police complaint against Deepak, but police allegedly refused to take any action.
According to sources, Anju on Tuesday once again went to the police station with a bottle of kerosene.
She set herself on fire when a police officer allegedly taunted her, saying: “Why don’t you do what your husband is suggesting.”
A police officer said staff at the police station doused the fire and took the woman to the civil hospital here, and she was later referred to Delhi.