MUMBAI : A 16 year old minor was set ablaze by her own father, as she was speaking on her mobilephone in her Virar chawl on late Monday afternoon. He first destroyed her phone and poured kerosene and then set her ablaze. 

She has suffered 70 per cent burns and has been admitted in KEM Hospital and her condition is serious,said doctors. Her father has been arrested by the Virar police.

The minor stays with her father, Mohammed Murtiza Mansuri (35) in Noor Manzil, Gopcharpada, Virar (E) and does odd jobs for a living, said Jayant Bajbale, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySp), Virar. On Monday afternoon, Mansuri saw his daughter speaking on her phone when he went to tell her to serve lunch, but he was enraged that she was speaking on the phone,said Bajbale. He thought, that his daughter was speaking to a boy, which invited his ire, said the official.

So first he snatched the phone and then smashed it on the ground, and then poured kerosene from a can in the chawl room on her and set her ablaze, and she has suffered 70 per cent burns,said Bajbale. The mother of the minor raised an alarm which attracted neighbours, who rushed to her aid, and was first admitted in the Sanjeevani Hospital, Virar but her condition is serious so she has been shifted to the KEM Hospital, said Bajbale.

We have arrested Mansuri under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and has been remanded in police custody when produced before the Vasai court on Tuesday, said Bajbale.