Woman on way to police station set ablaze by 2 men

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The Hush Post|12:00 pm|1-min-read

A woman was allegedly set on fire by two men who sexually harassed her. The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur on Saturday. The 28-year-old woman was on her way to the police station for a third time after being sexually harassed. She tried to lodge a police complaint twice before, but the police did not entertain her demand.

The third time around when she was on her way to the hospital, the assailants set her ablaze. She suffered 60 per cent burns. Her condition is said to be critical at a hospital in Sitapur.

According to the police, the woman was on her way to her in-laws’ place on November 29 when she was stopped by two men who were brothers. They passed lewd remarks and tried to molest her. The woman managed to escape and rushed to the police station with the help of locals but the policemen on duty sent her away.

The woman arrived at her in-laws’ house and shared the ordeal after which her family informed police about the incident. A police team arrived at their home but left after asking the family to lodge a written complaint in the same police station from where she was turned back.

On Saturday, when the woman was going to the police station the two men once again stopped and poured kerosene on her, after which they set her ablaze. The woman’s face and the upper part of her body have been burnt.

The two accused identified as Rajesh and Ramu have been arrested. On Sunday, a case has been registered against them for sexual assault and attempt to murder. According to reports, both, the woman and the accused are Dalits.

Three policemen including the station house officer or SHO have also been suspended for negligence of duty, said the police.

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