She suffered 64 per cent burns. When she declined, he immediately took out a bottle of petrol and threw on her and set on fire.
The victim Sandhya Rani has already informed her senior colleagues about the harassment she was facing by Karthik and they have warned him not to stalk and harass her. In the past too, neither the victim nor anyone else at her behest approached the police to inform about the stalking by karthik.
After she turned down his offers to take her out, Karthik chose to murder her. Karthik has been detained, sources said. After she reached the spot, the man poured kerosene on her and set her on fire before fleeing the spot. Police said the duo had known each other for over two years when Karthik also worked in the same aluminium fabrication unit where Sandhya worked as a accountant-cum-receptionist.
Passersby took quick cognisance and put out the fire.
The woman was rushed to the government-run Gandhi Hospital. She succumbed to the severe burns on Friday morning. "He has reportedly told the police that she didn't reciprocate his feelings", it added.
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Police said they would record the statement of the woman, based on which a case would be booked.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (north zone) B Sumathi said, "The accused has confessed his crime". Holding back his tears, her elder brother N. Kiran said was eager to celebrate his birthday on Thursday, the fateful day when she could not return home alive.
"Karthik had no job for the past year and had been drinking a lot".
Karthik had left his job and he forced Sandhya to quit too. Meanwhile, a case under section 307 of IPC & ST/SC Atrocity Act has been registered against the accused. Police have arrested the accused.