Satish Narayan dies after his wife Rajini allegedly set his genitals alight
By Elissa Doherty and Chris Pepper
Sunday Mail (SA)
December 28, 2008 12:42am
A MAN whose wife allegedly set fire to his genitals while he slept has died.
Satish Narayan, 47, an engineer, lost his battle to survive at the Royal Adelaide Hospital yesterday, 20 days after sustaining burns to most of his body.
The incident has now been declared a major crime by police and it is likely his wife, Rajini, will face a charge of manslaughter or murder.
Police have alleged Mr Narayan's wife doused his genitals with methylated spirit and then set him on fire about 5.30am on December 7.
Mrs Narayan had been charged with causing serious harm to her husband, arson and endangering her children.
A neighbour told the Sunday Mail she had visited Mrs Narayan in the Adelaide Women's Prison yesterday, before she had been told of her husband's death.
She said she was providing support to her friend over what she said was a "terrible tragedy".