Dalit woman burned alive for resisting rape

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BIKANER: In a barbaric act, a man allegedly burned alive a 28-year old married woman from the dalit community, after she resisted a rape attempt in Hanumangarh’s Nohar area late on Friday night. The woman was rushed to a hospital where she died on Saturday.

In a bid to save her, the husband who was sleeping at his nearby-situated agriculture farm also sustained serious burn injuries and is undergoing treatment. The police have rounded up the accused, who is a farmer.

SHO, Nohar police station Antar Singh said the victim was sleeping inside her house along with her four-year-old daughter while her husband and brother-in-law were protecting crop at their farm.

“Jitendra Singh Rajput alias Jitu who is also a farmer from the same village, sneaked into the victim’s house and pounced on the victim. Caught unaware, she woke up and started screaming,” said the officer.

The officer said as per the FIR registered with the police, Jitu sprinkled kerosene on her which he brought along with him and set her on fire.

“He was apparently irked over the resistance. Hearing the screams, the woman’s husband and his brother rushed to the spot to find her burning. Jitu had escaped by then,” said the officer.

The woman had sustained over 70% burns by then, her husband and brother-in-law managed to douse the fire. SP, Hanumangarh Kunwar Rashtradeep told TOI the cops rushed to the spot immediately after they were informed, The victim was rushed to a hospital.

The SP Rashtradeep said the victim’s statement was recorded in the presence of a magistrate.

She died around 10am on Saturday. Police said that the husband’s condition is also serious. “His hands and some other body parts sustained burns. He is also admitted to the Hospital. He is, however, out of danger,” said the %officer.

CO, Nohar Kishori Lal, told TOI following the victim’s husband, police registered a case under sections 302, 450, 376, 511 and 307 of IPC and section 3 of SC/ST.

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