The man, identified as Manoj Singh, who is a driver by profession got angry following the 18-year-old student 's straight answer turning his proposal down.

The victim told police that accused Singh had been stalking her over the last few days and wanted to talk to her, which she refused.

According to the senior superintendent of police Pauri Garhwal, Jagat Ram Joshi, the girl is undergoing treatment at hospital after sustaining about 80 percent burn injuries.

He said, "The incident took place on Sunday evening at 8 pm when the girl was on her way back home from college in her two-wheeler. The accused, intercepted and forced her to stop. He expressed his love to which the girl refused straightaway saying she did not want to talk to him. Furious at her reply, Singh poured petrol on her from a can that he was carrying, set her on fire and fled.

"After some time, a passerby found her crying in pain and informed the police who reached the spot and rushed her to a nearby hospital from where she was later moved to another hospital, given the extent of her injuries."

Joshi disclosed that, "Singh is married but does not have any child. Both of them lived in two separate villages at a distance of about 150-200 m."

According to the police officer, the accused has been arrested and will be charged to court for molestation and attempt to murder.