New Delhi: In a horrifying case reported from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, a widow in her late 20s set herself on fire after she was ‘sold’, gangraped and turned away by the police.
The woman is currently battling for her life in a private hospital in Delhi after she sustained 80 per cent burns.
The victim 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 ran and 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 has 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.
According to a report in the Times of India, the victim had also approached the Hapur SP but they refused to file her complaint, let alone take any action in the case.
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.