A PhD student who sustained burn injuries after another PhD student tried to murder her – by setting himself on fire and hugging her — is said to be in a stable condition. She has been taken off oxygen support as she is able to breathe by herself, said a doctor.
The incident had taken place at the Government Institute of Science (GIS) in Aurangabad on November 21. The 30-year-old accused, Gajanan Munde, had set himself ablaze and hugged her in a bid to die together because she had turned down his marriage proposal. Both the victim and Munde were rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital in Aurangabad. Munde died of burn injuries on the same day.
Speaking about the woman’s condition on Tuesday, a doctor from the hospital, who did not wish to be named, said, “She is in a stable condition now. She has suffered nearly 50 per cent burn injuries on her face, back, hand and other body parts. She is now able to breathe by herself and so the oxygen support was removed on Monday.”
Hospital authorities said there was no need to shift the woman to another hospital. They said infection caused by burn injuries is always a major cause of concern and it was difficult to say, at this juncture, if the victim was completely out of danger.
In the preliminary probe, police learned that Munde wished to marry the woman but she had been rejecting his proposal. “None of them studied at GIS as both of them were doing their PhD from another college in Aurangabad. The woman had gone to GIS to meet an assistant professor and was unaware that Munde was stalking her. When she was inside the professor’s cabin, the accused barged in, locked the door from inside and poured fuel on himself,” said the police.
He then set himself ablaze using a lighter and hugged the woman, said police. After hearing the woman’s cries for help, college employees rushed to help her. They broke open the door and doused the flames with the help of a fire extinguisher.