A 28-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by three men, died after she set herself on fire reportedly at a police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur.
According to media reports, she also set her 12-year-old son on fire, who survived. The incident took place on Wednesday. They were rushed to the hospital where the woman succumbed to her injuries as she had suffered 95 per cent burns. Her son was admitted to the hospital with 15 per cent burns. He is reported to be in a stable condition.
An official said three policemen had been suspended after the incident.
The woman’s husband, Ramvir, has alleged that she was upset after the police refused to file an FIR in the case and they were exerting pressure on the victim to reach a compromise with the accused.
According to the dying declaration of the woman, the police refused to register her gang-rape complaint after the first incident and the same men committed the crime again on August 18.
On August 29, after the woman set herself on fire, she was rushed to a district hospital where she succumbed to injuries, the official said.
Her husband has lodged a case of rape and abetment to suicide.
Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police S N Chinappa said three policemen, including police station in-charge Subhash Kumar and sub-inspectors Lal Singh Rana and Lokesh Kumar, were suspended in this connection.
One of the accused, Vinay Kumar, has been arrested. Chinappa said strict action would be taken against all those who forced the accused and the victim to reach an understanding in this connection.