A lady in India’s northern province of Uttar Pradesh is in critical condition after she was set ablaze by two men who had allegedly molested her days earlier.
Before Saturday’s assault, she had attempted to register a complaint against the men, yet she was allegedly turned down by the police.
Both the accused have been arrested and three policemen have been suspended, a police official told news men Hindi. The lady has sustained serious burns.
Activists say harassment of rape victims by police isn’t uncommon. Many cases of sexual attack and assault in India go unreported because of police apathy as well as the stigma attached to assault.
The attack on the 22-year-old women occurred in Sitapur area.
On 29 November, she was allegedly molested by two siblings in a field close to her home. She managed to escape and went to the police station, accompanied by some relatives, to register a complaint yet they were turned down by the police, her family alleged.
On Saturday, two days after she was molested, she went to police station to make another complaint when the accused poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze, local media reports said.
A senior police official advised journalist that they were investigating to find out why the officer in charge had been suspected for ‘neglecting’ their duty.