Woman Set Afire at Police Station: Top Uttar Pradesh Officials Get Notice

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Woman Set Afire at Police Station: Top Uttar Pradesh Officials Get Notice

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Lucknow:  National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, taking suo motu cognizance of media reports of two policemen setting ablaze the mother of a journalist at Kothi Police Station in Barabanki on July 6.

They have been given four weeks to respond to the notice, a release issued by NHRC said.

Terming the news reports as disturbing, the Commission observed that at a time when efforts are being made by the whole nation to minimize crime against women, the incident amounts to 'protectors turning to predators'.

It appears to be an admitted violation of the human rights of the victim by the public servants, it said.

The middle-aged woman was allegedly set on fire after she refused to pay bribe to the police station in-charge and sub-inspector for the release of her husband who had been detained by the police. She succumbed to her injuries the next day.

Reportedly, an FIR was registered against the two and they were placed under suspension, the release added.


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