Lucknow, May 25 -- An 18-year-old Hindu woman died on Tuesday night, nearly three weeks after she eloped with a married Muslim man who had three kids, from Hussainganj here. While the police said she died as a result of severe infection (septicaemia) caused due to excessive consumption of some medicines, her family has alleged foul play.

The victim, Archana, went missing from her house on the afternoon of May 1 when she left for the market. Her father Ishwari Lal kept searching for her for the next few days before finally lodging an FIR against one Javed with the Hussainganj police on May 12. The accused was charged under section 366 (kidnapping a girl for marriage) of the Indian Penal Code.

He was arrested after the woman's death.