Her charge ignored, woman was set on fire
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When the woman was assaulted by two men near her home, she tried to get justice.
The 20-year-old, who lives in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was working in the fields when two brothers tried to drag her away. She escaped by biting their hands, then fleeing.
The woman told her family what happened. Together, they went to police to report the attack but were turned away, her family alleges.
Two days later, the woman’s father returned to the station to file a second complaint. “We waited for the police to come for inquiries the entire day, but no one came,” the woman’s brother, Vinod Kumar, told Reuters.
The two brothers then tracked the woman down as she worked, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. She’s in hospital with serious burns covering 40 per cent of her body.
A senior police officer said he was investigating why the initial complaint wasn’t registered. The three officers who turned the woman away have been suspended for “neglecting” their duty.
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