Lucknow, Apr 4: A married woman, who was allegedly raped by her maternal uncle, on Tuesday self-immolated near Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence. The woman, a resident of Asandara in Barabanki district, was admitted to a hospital with burn injuries. Her condition was stated to be critical. The state police had reportedly slapped ‘weaker’ charges against those people who allegedly raped her.
The 32-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her maternal uncle on September 24 in 2017, said her husband. She has been running door to door to register a complaint but no action was initiated. The victim then decided to lodge her complaint directly with the Yogi Adityanath during his ‘Janata Darbar’. However, when she reached Lucknow, she came to know that the Chief Minister was out of the town.
She poured kerosene on her body at half-past-noon at the chauraha near the CM’s residence. She suffered 40 per cent burns and is being treated at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civil Hospital. According to the police, an investigation had revealed that she had not been raped and instead filed a fake case over a monetary dispute. After, the self-immolation attempt, however, SP (Barabanki) has been asked to review the matter.
A case was registered following a court order on January 20 against two persons, including a woman’s relative on charge of molestation. The woman had alleged rape in her statement before the magistrate, according to the police. However, the call data record (CDR) of the named accused and statements from the locals proved otherwise. Following the new development, on Saturday, police filed a chargesheet on charge of criminal breach of trust.
“In her complaint, she had alleged that on September 2 last year, the maternal uncle of her husband, and another unidentified person raped her. During our inquiry, we scanned the CDR of the mobile phones of the accused to find he was not present in or around the area mentioned in the complaint. Even the locals said the allegation was false,” Asandara police station officer, Dhirendra Kumar Verma was quoted as saying.
“We found that in 2016, the uncle and the woman’s husband had purchased a truck with a bank loan. When they failed to pay EMI, the bank seized the truck. The couple filed the fake rape case to force the uncle to repay what he owed them. When we got to know this, we filed the chargesheet against the uncle under IPC section 406 (criminal breach of trust),” Verma said. “Medical reports were inconclusive on rape,” he added.