UP: Dalit Woman Set on Fire for Objecting to Molestation

Lucknow, Feb 22 (IANS): A group of men allegedly set a 25-year-old Dalit woman on fire after she objected to molestation by them in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj district, police said on Monday.

The incident took place late on Sunday evening in Kannauj, some 250 km from Lucknow, where Altaf and two of his aides set the Dalit woman on fire. With severe burn injuries, the woman was being treated in a hospital, where her condition was critical.

"While the Dalit woman, a resident of Tajpur town in Kannauj, was on her way to a shop, Altaf and his friends, also from the same town, intercepted her. After passing lewd remarks at the woman, they started molesting her. As the woman raised an alarm, an irked Altaf, who was carrying a kerosene container, poured the oil on the woman and set her afire," a police officer said.

A case has been registered against the three men, who are absconding.

"Efforts are on the nab the culprits. To ascertain the whereabouts of those absconding, we have detained some of their family members," said Deputy Superintendent of Police Hardev Singh.

Meanwhile, members of the Dalit community took to the streets on Monday morning, demanding an immediate action against those involved in the incident.

"Taking into account the series of protests, additional security has been deployed in the town," said Singh.


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  • Naveen Sequeira, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2010

    I too agree with shahnawaz, this criminal should be burned to death. The law should deal harshly with these type of criminals to send a clear message to others.
    Nice words and very true indeed " All human beings are equal and no body is superior to the other by birth, but superior or inferior to other by deeds."

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  • Navin , Kundapur

    Mon, Feb 22 2010

    Dear Shahnawaz I do agree your comment. In our country many innocent women's suffering from like this type of criminals.Govt. should take proper action to take more control over like this incidents.
    Dear Hardev Singh catch criminals immediatly & tell to the Doctor cut their private part & put them in the jail life long to realize.

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  • rajesh, udupi

    Mon, Feb 22 2010

    I agree with Shanawaz 100%. The community should be taught a distinct lesson by awarding appropriate punishment so that no other human will treat the other this way. Criminal minds should be disposed off in a fitting way. Di to them what they have done in public.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Feb 22 2010

    Get on to this criminal Altaf. Burn him the same way he has burnt this innocent woman. Chop off his limbs and private part. Dalits are human being like us. Its the social system that named them Dalit. God has created them human and they are not below or above other human being.

    They too have senses, feelings, self respect and they too have the right to lead a decent life and live in dignity. Their anatomy is no different than that of rest of us. They dont have dalit or untouchable blood in them. God is impartial.. in his creations. All human beings are equal and no body is superior to the other by birth, but superior or inferior to other by deeds. Thats it.

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