After the Hyderabad and Unnao shockers that shook the nation, another horror from Bihar, Muzaffarnagar has come to the fore. A 23-year-old woman was set ablaze by her neighbour, Raja Rai, who tried to rape her. Reportedly, the neighbour tried to rape the women and when she resisted, he tried to burn her to death.
The victim has suffered 80% burns and has been admitted to a hospital in the Muzaffarnagar town where she is said to be admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with her life hanging in the balance.
Station House Officer (SHO) Vikas Rai has said that based on the complaint filed by her mother in Ahiyapur police station, the accused has been arrested and is undergoing interrogation. The police have said that they have not been able to record the statement of the victim yet as she is in critical condition.
The incident took place in the Nazirpur village of Muzaffarpur town in Bihar where the man tried to rape the woman. According to the complaint, the victim was alone at home on Saturday, when the accused, who lived close by, sneaked into her house and tried to rape her and when she resisted, doused her in kerosene and burnt her. Her mother, who works at a primary health centre, rushed home and took her to a hospital after a local informed her about the incident, said the SHO.
According to the mother, the accused was pursuing the woman for the past 3 years and had on several occasions threatened her and her family members before trying to rape her. The mother has said that the accused had threatened to kill not only the woman but also her family and her brother who studies in Patna.
The mother has also said that in the past 3 years, she tried to lodge a complaint with the police 5 times but was unsuccessful.
The shocking incident of rape and attempted murder from Bihar comes to the fore when the nation had not even come to terms with the heinous crime where a woman from Unnao was burnt alive and succumbed to a cardiac arrest while being treated at the hospital. Before the Unnao case, in Hyderabad, a woman was raped and then burnt to death brutally. The 4 accused were then killed in an encounter where the police had claimed that when the accused were taken to the site of the crime for interrogation, they tried to escape.