Kathmandu: An Indian man allegedly set on fire a 16-year-old Nepali girl after she refused to elope with him, leaving her with serious burn injuries.
23-year-old Babu Khan, a resident of Baharaich in Uttar Pradesh, poured petrol over the girl in Bardiya district of western Nepal near the Indian border yesterday, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Keshav Adhikari said today.
The man, who was arrested after the incident, set the girl on fire after she refused to elope with him against the wish of her parents, he said.
The girl has been admitted to hospital and her condition is said to be critical. Doctors attending on her said she has suffered 90 per cent burns.
Khan, police claimed, has 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. He was living near the girl's house.
The victim had told Khan that she would marry him only if her parents agreed to the match and refused to elope with him, police said.