A 22-year-old schoolteacher died after a man, whose marriage proposal she had spurned, stabbed her more than 20 times on a busy road in north Delhi’s Burari on Tuesday morning, the latest in a string of stalker-related crimes in the city.
A recording of the incident captured on closed-circuit television camera showed the woman, identified as Karuna by the police, walking on the side of a road when the suspected assailant, Surender Singh, approaches and stabs her.
As she falls to the ground and tries to get away from him, Singh is seen kicking and stabbing her multiple times and many people walking by with a few attempting to intervene but failing. ANI reported him breaking into a dance before being accosted by local residents and beaten up.
Police said Singh claimed to be in love with Karuna for more than a year and had proposed marriage to her several times, but was turned down each time. The rejections enraged Singh, who began to stalk and even threatened to kill her.
A few months ago, Karuna approached local police after Singh started harassing her by repeatedly calling her on the phone, sources said. She also informed her parents and brother about the harassment.
On Tuesday, however, he followed Karuna and stopped her on her way to school. “Locals at the spot managed to catch Singh, who was trying to flee. They thrashed him and called the police. He was then handed over to us,” an investigator said. “He has been arrested and a case of murder has been registered against him.”
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