A 15-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr town has written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in blood alleging “non-responsive attitude” of the police in connection with her mother’s murder and has demanded justice.
Elder of two sisters, Latika said in her letter that her mother was burnt alive in front of them on June 14 because she could not bear a son.
“You talk about Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, Educate the girl child)b ut a daughter was burnt alive in your area just because she had two daughters. And now we are getting life threats and the police is not helping us but the accused,” she wrote.
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a government campaign that aims to generate awareness about the declining child sex ratio (CSR), education of girls and other issues of women empowerment.
She has accused her father Manoj Bansal and other family members of killing her mother.
“They (family members) locked us sisters and set my mother on fire,” Latika said.
Latika and her sister Tanya, 11, now live with their maternal grandparents in Devipura locality of Bulandshahr town.
“I am sure the chief minister would respond to my appeal and ensure justice for my mother,” Latika told Hindustan Times over the phone from Bulandshahr.
“This isn’t the first letter that I wrote to the CM. I wrote one in July too... Perhaps my blood on the letter would make him understand my trauma and appeal for justice,” she said adding that she posted the letter on Facebook on Wednesday after sending it to the CM through fax.
Though police arrested Latika’s father a day after the incident and sent him to jail, she said that other members of his family, named in the FIR, should also be arrested.
Latika blamed the police for not acting against all the accused despite repeated appeals.
Bulandshahr’s senior superintendent of police Anees Ansari said an investigation into the case was on and appropriate action will be taken on the basis of evidence.