A 21-year-old woman was shot when she tried to stop a fight between a husband and his wife in outer Delhi’s Narela area, police said on Saturday.

Police said that Rachna was shot around 10 pm on Friday when she intervened to stop the quarrel between Javed and his wife in Narela’s Sector B2.

On Thursday, Javed left his wife at her parent’s home but then returned to take her back home forcibly. His wife refused, leading to a quarrel between them, said Gaurav Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (Outer North Delhi).

Rachna, a neighbour, intervened to stop the fight but Javed shot her and ran away, police said. She is recuperating at a hospital.

A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered, police said.

Police are trying to nab Javed, described as a bad character by Narela police station. Javed used to supply bread to shops.