The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has given state police a week’s time to file a report on the alleged self-immolation bid by a minor rape survivor in Hoshangabad fearing backlash from one of the accused who was released on bail.
The commission has asked the Hoshangabad IG and SP to provide details, including the date of release and the action taken by the prosecution, if any, in the report. It also said that prima facie it seems that the Dalit minor attempted suicide as she was not provided adequate police security.
A 12-year-old rape survivor had allegedly set herself ablaze in the cowshed of her house in Pathrauta area of Hoshangabad on Wednesday, a short while after she was confronted by 21-year-old Anil, one of the two accused in the rape case.
“She has sustained 40 per cent burns and is presently recuperating at Kamla Nehru Hospital in Bhopal. Anil had apparently threatened her of dire consequences for putting him in jail,” Pathrauta police station in-charge Girish Khare told Hindustan Times on Thursday.
She subsequently feared for life, apprehending that the prime accused in the case, Shankar, too, will soon get bail.
Acting on the matter, the Hoshangabad police arrested Anil again and booked him under provisions of Atrocities against SC/ST Act, added Khare.
A Class VI school dropout, the minor was allegedly raped by Shankar, with help from his friend Anil, on February 16, 2016.