The incident occurred last morning in Urga police station area, around 15 kms away from Korba, when Ramesh Patel (25), a cousin of the victim's husband, tried to force himself upon her when nobody was present at home, said the Urga police station SHO MM Minj.
However, as the woman fought back, Ramesh thrashed her before dousing her in kerosene and setting her ablaze. On hearing her screams, the neighbourers rushed to her house and admitted her in a local hospital with around 70% burns.
"We managed to record her statement before she succumbed last evening," the SHO said.
A case has been registered in this connection and efforts are on to arrest the absconding accused.
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