Chennai, India: A 34-year-old woman who was set ablaze by her partner at her residence in Chennai ensured that he also died by hugging him tightly. Both died of burns at the Hospital. In her dying declaration, the woman told police that her partner had set her on fire and she had caught hold of him because she was scared. Police said Thanga Malar was a widow and she began a relationship with Raja, 38, a neighbor after her husband’s death. Later, Malar became close to a man named Gajendran. On the day of the incident,Raja saw Malar speaking to Gajendran at a Market and confronted her in the evening. A fight ensued and Malar apparently told him to mind his business as he was not her husband.
Suddenly, Raja poured kerosene over her and set her afire and tried to run out. But the woman caught him and hugged him close. Hearing their screams, residents of the area rushed in and moved them to the Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital where Malar died later in the night. Raja died on Saturday morning.