Wardha: A 24-year-old woman lecturer was allegedly set ablaze by a jilted lover in Maharashtra's Wardha district near Hinganghat area on February 3.

The unmarried woman has suffered approximately 40% burns and is being treated in a Nagpur-based hospital.

Speaking on the incident, police inspector Satyaveer Bhandivar said, "The incident took place when the woman was heading to college at around 7am on Monday morning. The man threw kerosene on the woman and set her on fire. The victim was taken to the hospital by the locals present at the site. She has been taken to Nagpur for further treatment. The accused is absconding, we are searching for him."

The police are trying to ascertain the motive behind the incident.

"The woman lecturer was brought from Primary Health Center, Hinganghat by Hinganghat police to Nagpur based Orange City Hospital and Research Institute, with history of being burnt alive in front of her academic institute today morning at around 7:15, am," the Nagpur-based hospital's statement read, adding that the patient has suffered 40% burns.

Primary aid was provided to the patient and her case was reviewed by the burns and plastic surgeon.

"She is noticed to be suffering from Grade III Deep dermal burns covering the scalp, face, right upper limb, left hand, upper back, full neck with an approximation of 40% burns with inhalational injuries affecting the respiratory system also. She is presently admitted to CCU," the statement further read.

The accused, who is a married person, is absconding and a case has been registered in this matter.