Saw my mother being tortured, burned alive': Teen writes to UP CM

Two sisters alleged that their mother was set afire by their father and his family for giving birth to girls.

Bulandshahr: Having failed to get a hearing from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, two minor girls residing at Devipura locality here have taken to social media to get justice for their mother who was allegedly set afire by their father and others.

The sisters, 15-year-old Latika and 11-year-old Tanya, wrote a letter to Yadav on June 14 alleging their mother Anu Bansal was set on fire by their father and others before their eyes for giving birth to two girls, police said.

The sisters alleged that they called the police but nobody responded to their calls and even the ambulance didn’t arrive. Finally, their uncle took the woman to hospital. However, Anu Bansal, who had suffered 95 per cent burns, could not survive.

The girls alleged that Bulandshahr police had not arrested any other accused named in the FIR, barring their father Manoj Bansal, and had diluted the allegation in the FIR, police said.

"I can never forget what I saw. My mother was burned alive in front of my eyes. For the past 15 years, I have seen my mother being tortured over the fact that she could not give birth to a boy. When my sister Tanya was born 11 years ago, the three of us were thrown out of the house and we were living on rent. On the night of June 14, my grandmother and some other relatives came to our house and told my mother that they would get my father married to someone who could bear him a son. It led to an altercation which resulted in them setting my mother on fire. My little sister could not stop crying, but I had to be brave so I called up the police," Latika told a national daily.

The sisters have now taken to social media to highlight their plight.

When contacted, SP (City) Maan Singh Chauhan said he had taken cognizance of the matter and the remaining culprits would be brought to book soon.

He said providing security to the sisters was the priority of the police and their request for financial assistance was being recommended to the authorities concerned.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle with agency inputs )
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