Many political leaders and ladies’s rights activists in India have come collectively to demand justice for a Muslim woman, who was allegedly burned to loss of life by a Hindu man and his mates in Vaishali district within the japanese province of Bihar.
Gulnaz Khatoon, 20, was burned after the accused poured kerosene over her in Rasoolpur village on October 30. She succumbed to her burns on Sunday.
The woman’s household alleges the police delayed in taking motion towards the accused have been recognized as Satish Kumar Rai, Chandan, and Vinod Rai.
Khatoon was delivered to the native hospital with 75 % burn accidents. She was later moved to Patna Medical Faculty Hospital, the most important hospital within the province, the place she died.
She was engaged to a different man and the wedding ceremony was scheduled to be held in 4 months, her household mentioned.
Satish Kumar Rai had been forcing Gulnaz to marry him, the sufferer’s household mentioned, including that the woman refused to enter into an interfaith marriage with Rai. Enraged at her refusal, Rai and his mates killed the woman, they mentioned.
20-year-old Gulnaz was burnt alive as a result of she resisted harassment. The information didn’t cowl it, as a result of her faith, and that of her murderers, didn’t match the narrative being fed to us. As a substitute, we criminalise inter-faith marriages. #JusticeForGulnaz – justice, if there’s any.
— Hiba Bég (@HibaBeg) November 18, 2020
Media experiences mentioned Gulnaz was burned when she went out to discard family garbage.
Video assertion of the sufferer
In response to the video assertion of the sufferer earlier than her loss of life, she was caught by three males, all residents of Rasoolpur village they usually began molesting her.
When she resisted and threatened to inform her mom about their misconduct, the offended males poured kerosene on her.
The assertion names Rai particularly, who poured the kerosene and set her on hearth.
Vaishali District Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Mangla mentioned the accused individuals have been on the run and three police groups have been shaped to arrest them.
“Investigations within the case have been in progress and the accused folks could be arrested very quickly,” mentioned Mangla.
The chief of the native police station has been suspended for negligence within the case.
Chatting with Anadolu Company, Khatoon’s youthful sister Gulshan Parveen mentioned the killers escaped from the scene as quickly as villagers gathered after listening to her screams.
Muslim woman in Bihar in #India was burnt alive and thrown right into a nicely by proper wing Hindu extremists
Victims household dmnding justice however nobody listening to them even after 2wks
India is changing into positively unsafe for non secular minorities#JusticeForGulnaz#indiadeservesblacklist pic.twitter.com/Mq1xBjC0hm
— RaNa BilaL (@AB18PK) November 17, 2020
“The accused individuals had been stalking and sexually harassing my sister for the final three-four months and pressurising her to marry Satish Rai. They killed her as a result of she refused,” she mentioned.
Household staged an illustration
The sufferer’s father, Mukhtar, died in 2017. The household of 5 sisters and 4 brothers survived on the wages of mom Shaimuna Khatoon and brother Istkar Ahmed. They work within the state capital Patna the place the mom stitches and son sells garments.
The sufferer’s household had complained to the dad and mom of the accused in regards to the harassment. However they allegedly did nothing.
“After her marriage was mounted, Satish Rai began harassing her much more and pressurized her to marry him. Nonetheless, she instructed him that she can not marry him. Enraged over her refusal, he threatened to kill her,” mentioned the sufferer’s brother Istkar.
A number of movies of Khatoon have gone viral, the place she is pinpointing the accused and narrating the incident intimately.
There was additionally an attraction on Fb searching for assist to deal with her.
After Khatoon’s loss of life on Sunday, her household staged an illustration at a metropolis sq. to name for punishment.
“We wish Justice. It has been 17 days however there has hardly been any progress. We complained but it surely was not thought-about. We’re powerless, we’ve nobody to assist us,” Shaimuna Khatoon, mom of the sufferer, instructed Anadolu Company.
Many ladies’s rights organisations have demanded speedy arrest of the accused and compensation of two million rupees ($27,000) and a authorities job to the sufferer’s household, in addition to conducting a good investigation and trial in a quick observe court docket.
#JusticeForGulnaz trended on Twitter on Monday as folks expressed anguish on the delay within the registering of the case towards the perpetrators.
Taking to Twitter, chief of India’s fundamental opposition Congress get together Rahul Gandhi attacked the federal government and attributed it to misrule and a false notion of fine governance.
Sharing the newspaper report, Gandhi wrote: “Whose crime is extra harmful. Those that carried out this inhuman act? Or those that hid it for electoral positive factors to put the inspiration of his false good governance on this misrule?”
Asaduddin Owaisi, a outstanding Muslim chief, referred to as for motion towards the accused.
“Unbelievable cruelty. Prayers for sufferer & her household. These males ‘punished’ her for resisting molestation. It’s been 15 DAYS & there’s nonetheless no motion. Males like Satish are emboldened by the truth that there’s by no means any motion. @NitishKumar the place’s your “powerful on crime” coverage now?” he tweeted, tagging the state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Kumar took over as chief minister this week for the fourth consecutive time period after his Janata Dal United get together received the regional elections in alliance with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).