CHENNAI: A family man in southern Tamil Nadu on Tuesday set ablaze a schoolgirl and himself after his attempt to rape her failed, police said. Adhisakthi Kulandaivel, 32, father of two children, dragged the 12th standard schoolgirl into his empty house in Mottamalai locality near Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar district, as she was walking to her school with her younger sister, police said. The younger girl raised an alarm and people rushed to the scene.
Kulandaivel had bolted the house from inside, but the girl fiercely resisted him, police said quoting people in the locality. As people gathered, he realised his rape attempt had failed and he poured kerosene on the girl and set her ablaze.
As people broke open the door of the house, Kulandaivel set himself also on fire. The girl was charred to death by the time people entered the house. They found Kulandaivel battling for life with serious burn injuries.
He was rushed to the government hospital at Sivakasi, but died in hospital with serious burn injuries.
It is understood that the girl’s parents owned the house where Kulandaivel was staying. The parents were away when the rape attempt was made.
Police said a detailed investigation was on with the assistance of forensic experts. Vanniyampatti police have registered a case.
The girl’s body was lying in the hospital mortuary.
Separately, a youth was arrested on Monday on charges of raping a 35-year-old mentally challenged and mute woman near the Nagarikuppam-Seyur Road.
Police said relatives launched a hunt for the victim as she did not return home by 7pm on Sunday. They found her naked near a lake along the Nagarikuppam-Seyur Road.
The youth, Kamalakannan (29) of Seyur was caught fleeing, leaving behind his two-wheeler. Kamalakannan was arrested, a case was registered against him as he was sent to jail.
The woman was sent for medical tests to the Government Hospital in Arakkonam.
Tamil Nadu had introduced the Goondas Act last month to deal with rape cases. Four alleged rapists were detained under the Act after Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa advocated it in her 13-point plan of action to protect women from abuse. The four men had allegedly abducted a 16-year-old schoolgirl from her house and violated her in a sugarcane farm on Oct.24, 2011. They were arrested and let out on bail.