Tuesday, February 23, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Men molest, burn dalit woman in UP



Men molest, burn dalit woman in UP

Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:18
Lucknow, Feb. 22: A dalit woman, aged around 25 years, was allegedly
set on fire by a group of men when she resisted attempts at
molestation in Kannauj district.

The incident took place late on Sunday evening and the woman has been
admitted to a local hospital where her condition is said to be

According to police reports, the woman, a resident of Tajpur town in
Kannauj district, was on her way to the market when she was accosted
by one Altaf and his friends on the way. The men passed indecent
remarks and then started molesting her.

The woman raised an alarm and this apparently annoyed the men who
poured kerosene and set her on fire.

Passers-by rescued the woman and also informed the police. A case has
been registered against the three men, who are absconding.

"Some family members of the accused have been detained and we are
trying to arrest the culprits at the earliest," said DSP Hardev Singh.

Meanwhile, the incident has led to outrage among the Dalits in the
district and several organisations too to the streets, protesting
against the incident.

Additional security has been deployed in the town to prevent
escalation of violence since tension continues to prevail.

Amita Verma

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