Dalit woman set on fire for objecting to molestation in Lucknow
Lucknow: 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 Monday.
The incident took place late 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," Deputy Superintendent of Police Hardev Singh told reporters in Kannauj.
Meanwhile, members of the Dalit community took to the streets 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.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- Watch: Jayalalithaa's last rites performed by her close friend and aide Sasikala Natarajan
- Jayalalithaa's funeral procession: Sea of mourners gather to pay last respects
- Watch: Tracing the journey of late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa from films to politics
- DNA: Know why Jayalalithaa was buried and not cremated
- RIP Amma: Jayalalithaa dies after 75 days in hospital; Tamil Nadu mourns
- Twitter users blast Arvind Kejriwal as he says 'Modi will never appoint a Muslim Vice President no matter what Jung does'
- RBI to issue new Rs 100 banknotes, old notes to continue as legal tender
- Airtel’s free 4G internet offer may be a ploy to steal your data
- J Jayalalithaa passes away: Know what all she left behind in assets