Woman Who Accused MP Of Rape And Set Herself Ablaze In Front Of SC Dies: Report

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Woman burns self outside court: A woman who, accompanied by her male friend, attempted to self-immolate in front of the Supreme Court on August 16 has succumbed to her injuries, reports said Tuesday. Her death comes three days after the man’s passing due to his injuries.

The two were reportedly protesting in regard to a rape case the woman had filed against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Atul Rai in 2019. Through social media posts, she alleged before attempting suicide outside the apex court in the capital that some senior investigating officers in the rape case were lending help to the accused, as per PTI. 

Rai was arrested a month after the rape case was registered but later that year, the complainant alleged the politician was threatening her. “I’ll meet the same fate as the Unnao rape victim,” she claimed being told.

Woman Burns Self Outside Court: Who Was She?

The woman and her male friend met at college in Varanasi, according to NewslaundryIn 2018, she reportedly told him Rai raped her at his flat and threatened to leak videos of the incident if she complained.

“Instead of treating me like a victim, the Uttar Pradesh police have tried to malign my character to protect a criminal,” the deceased woman said in a Facebook live recorded on the day of the self-immolation. She further claimed UP police had issued a non-bailable warrant against her.

Delhi police officials say the woman may have attempted suicide in fear of being framed in cases by the MLA.

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