New Delhi: Acting on media reports of a Hapur woman attempting to kill herself by setting herself afire following repeated harassment, the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday wrote to UP DGP O P Singh.
The NCW has asked for a detailed action report in the case of the woman who worked as domestic help in Hapur ‘sold, gang-raped, turned away by cops’, leading to her attempt of self-immolation.
NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma cites the report in a leading daily a day ago which said the woman, working as domestic help, was ‘subjected to continuous harassment and gangrape.’
She adds that according to the report, when the woman approached them, the Hapur police refused to register her complaint. The woman sustained 80% burn injuries after she set herself ablaze and was currently battling for life.
She ends it with, “Considering the gravity of the matter and as per our telephonic conversation, it is requested that the matter may be thoroughly investigated and also action be taken against erring officials. A detailed action taken report be sent to the Commission at an early date.
The woman, a widow in her late 20s, hails from UP’s Hapur and was reportedly sold to a man by her father and aunt for Rs 10,000. The man who ‘bought’ her made her work as a domestic help in various houses, where she was harassed and raped instead.
When she approached the police for help, they allegedly turned her away after which she tried to commit suicide.
On Sunday, Hapur SP Yashveer Singh confirmed that an FIR had been filed against 14 people under relevant sections of the IPC.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission of Women chief Swati Maliwal took cognisance of the case and wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath demanding justice for the victim.
The DCW chief wrote to the UP CM to not only release compensation for the victim but also order a probe against the Hapur police.