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Burns victim alleges sexual harassment by in-laws

Leaning against a wall in her mother’s house in Airoli, 27-year-old Kirpan Singh cannot stop thinking of her four children, despite the pain of her 62 per cent burns, reports Susamma Kurian.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2009 00:29 IST
Susamma Kurian

Leaning against a wall in her mother’s house in Airoli, 27-year-old Kirpan Singh cannot stop thinking of her four children, despite the pain of her 62 per cent burns.

Singh, according to her mother Suraj (45), was set on fire by her in-laws on the night of November 25, 2008, following demands for money. Singh has allegedly not seen her children — oldest being nine years and the youngest four years old — since the incident.

Singh was discharged from the hospital on January 13 and has been living with her parents since then.

However, the Ramnagar police have not made any arrests as her statements have changed frequently.

The police have filed a case against Singh’s mother-in-law, brothers-in-law Randheer (35) and Mandeep (30), their wives and sister-in-law.

In her first three statements to the police, Singh claimed she got burnt because of a stove burst.

However, in her latest statement she said her brothers-in-law had beat her and set her on fire because she had refused their sexual demands.

“Her (Suraj) claim that Singh was set afire at 12 am on November 25 seems invalid as Singh’s children told us that she was with them then. Also, Randheer and his wife have been absconding for four years. Due to Singh’s flip-flop statements and lack of evidence, we haven’t arrested anyone. But we are investigating further,” said Police Sub-Inspector S.H. Murkote. He added that Singh’s in-laws had denied the accusations.

Singh’s husband Nadik Singh (29) has been in jail for three years for robbery.

Suraj said her daughter’s earlier statements varied because her in-laws had threatened her.

“They (in-laws) have been threatening us since the incident. By God’s grace, she was saved, but now we are really worried about the children.”

“My daughter has been dying to meet her children,” she added.