Her charge ig­nored, woman was set on fire


StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - Amanda Erickson

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.

Sex­ual assault a chronic prob­lem in In­dia. More at thes­tar.com/world

Pro­test­ers op­pose vi­o­lence on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day in Kath­mandu in early 2018.


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