Minor Dalit girl sets herself on fire after being ‘Gangraped’

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Minor Dalit girl sets herself on fire after being ‘Gangraped’


COLUMNS / This Still Happens in India   /   Apr 23, 2015
Radha Mishra
Radha Mishra
Writing is her passion. She is an ex Reporter with a National Daily and holding an important position in an NGO. The social and political writer is Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Lucknow: A 13-Year-old girl attempted to commit suicide by setting herself on fire at her house, on Monday.  She was allegedly gang raped by a group of five people, including a minor in Mathura district. The police were informed about the incident and then she was transferred to a Delhi hospital on Tuesday. She has suffered over 60 per cent burns.

All accused (arrested later on Tuesday) were sent to jail by the court on Wednesday. Seeing the minor girl’s terrible condition, the magistrate has recorded her dying statement and the police stated the legal actions against the blamed, said DIG (Agra range) Luxmi Singh. They all are distant relatives of the Dalit girl and stays near to her house.

As per the complaint, the girl had gone to relieve herself on Sunday evening, when one of the suspects (a regular visitor to her house) held her. He then pulled her to an isolated place, where others accused were already present. They took turns to rape the minor, said Kosi Kala police Station Officer Surendra Singh.

 “The girl was taken home… While all family members were asleep, around 4.30 am, the girl set herself on fire after pouring kerosene oil on her. By the time the family members woke up and doused the flames, she had suffered over 60 per cent burns and was rushed to a private hospital,” Singh said. “Officials arranged for shifting of the girl to a government hospital in Delhi after the doctors said her condition was critical,” he added.

Once, Mahatma Gandhi said, “Sanitation is more important than political freedom.” And seeing the cost our women and even minor girls are paying, we must admit that his words are true even after several decades. Lack of sanitation facility in India is constantly posing threat to women’s safety. They have to save themselves from the perverted mindsets of men. Open defecation has made women become an easy prey to molestation and rape. Earlier, we witnessed the case of two teenage girls in UP, who stepped out to relieve themselves at night and were raped, murdered and then hanged and now this Dalit girl. These cases reflect unsafe environment for women and government’s inability to tackle the issues. It is a high time that the concerned authority should introduce some preventive measures and do the needful. 

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