A teacher in Rajasthan was set on fire by her relatives, but instead of helping her, bystanders chose to film the incident. This gruesome event took place in Raisar village, 80 kilometers away from the state’s capital city of Jaipur.
The 32-year-old woman was set on fire on August 10 and succumbed to her injuries a few days later. The attack was carried out when the deceased woman was on her way to school with her son.
The woman was a teacher by profession and was attacked by her brother-in-law, to whom she loaned money. The woman had been demanding her money back for a while. However, the man abused the deceased for demanding her money back. For the same, she filed a complaint against the accused on May 7.
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According to a report in Dainik Bhaskar, the woman tried to save herself when she was attacked barging into a nearby house and called the police to inform them about her whereabouts. However, the police failed to reach the spot and rescue her. The accused poured petrol on the woman and set her on fire. Bystanders witnessed the entire episode but instead of helping the deceased, many resorted to filming the attack.
Later, the woman was admitted to a government hospital. She had suffered 70 percent burns due to the attack and was referred to SMS Hospital in Jaipur. She battled for seven days to survive but succumbed to her injuries. Her spouse has now accused local police of being involved with the accused, as they took no action on their complaints. As many as ten men accused of the horrifying attack are absconding.
In India, violence against women is increasing drastically. According to the National Family Health Survey-5 report, one-third of women have experienced physical or sexual violence. 30 percent of women between the age of 18 and 49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 years. Crimes against women increased 7.3 percent from 2018 to 2019, as released in the National Crime Record Bureau 2019 report.
It is chilling that the deceased woman received no help either from the authorities or the people in her vicinity when she was being attacked. This happened despite the fact that she had filed a complaint with the police previously.