Days after a rape survivor from Unnao died in hospital after she was set ablaze by the men she accused, another woman from Muzaffarpur in Bihar breathed her last in a more than similar manner. The 23-year-old was allegedly set on fire by a man named Raja Rai, son of land broker Raj Kishor Rai, as he poured Kerosene all over the girl on December 7 because she fought back from getting raped by him. She had suffered 95 percent burns and was rushed to city's Apollo Burn Hospital where she was receiving treatment.
The victim's brother said that she died around 11.40pm on Monday. Her family has called upon Bihar's CM Nitish Kumar to assure justice to the woman and the family. “We want the chief minister to come and assure us of justice in the case,” her brother-in-law said. He also appealed for security to his family members and transfer of his wife, who works as an auxiliary nursing midwife (ANM), from Bairiya in Sitamarhi to Muzaffarpur so she can live with her two minor children who witnessed the criminal act.
The woman was alone at home on December 7 when the accused sneaked into her house to commit rape. When she was being burnt, a local saw it and informed her mother, who works at a primary health centre. She rushed home and took her to the hospital, News 18 reported. Rai and his aide Mukesh Kumar were arrested by the police a week after they attempted to rape her.
The victim was admitted to Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur on December 8 but since her condition was deteriorating, she was shifted to Apollo Barn Hospital in Patna on December 10. Her family had met the state’s principal secretary, health, Sanjay Kumar on Monday afternoon to appeal for shifting the victim to a highly specialised medical centre in New Delhi so she could receive better treatment. The Muzaffarpur district administration had assured to bear the entire cost of treatment of the woman.
The family had filed an FIR at the Ahiyapur police station in Muzaffarpur stating that the woman was with her minor niece and nephew in her house while her mother was on night duty at a primary health centre when the incident happened.
Reports say that Rai had been stalking the woman for quite some time now but she rejected his advances. She was so horrified by him that she even stopped attending her coaching classes and studies altogether after she graduated from school.
Days after a rape survivor from Unnao died in hospital after she was set ablaze by the men she accused, another woman from Muzaffarpur in Bihar breathed her last in a more than similar manner.
Sexual violence crimes are being reported by two folds across the country unsettling people and compelling them to outrage. In Bihar itself, not even a week before this incident happened charred bodies of two women, set afire after suspected rape and murder, were found in Buxar and Samastipur districts. In another village under the jurisdiction of Ahiyapur police station, the body of an eight-year-old girl was found on Friday - stuffed in a bag and dumped in an orchard after suspected sexual assault.
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