Jewar rape victim ‘depressed’ over not receiving compensation tries to immolate self
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Jewar rape victim ‘depressed’ over not receiving compensation tries to immolate self

Eight people were travelling on the Jewar-Bulandshahr road on May 25 when their car was waylaid by six men who then allegedly dragged the women to nearby fields and gang-raped them.

noida Updated: Jun 05, 2017 09:09 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times, Noida
Jewar rape case,Bulandshahr gang rape case,UP govt
The car in which eight people were travelling on Jewar-Bulandshahr road was waylaid by six men on May 25. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

One of the victims of the May 25 Jewar gang rape and murder case tried killing herself on Sunday, but was saved by the timely intervention of her family members.

The woman — one among four to be allegedly gang raped by a group of six men during a botched robbery attempt near Bulandshahr — tried to immolate herself inside her Jewar residence.

Locals said the woman poured kerosene on herself around 9:30am on Sunday when her family members were not at home. Residents added that the 32-year-old woman’s husband was the man driving the car on May 25 that was waylaid by the alleged highway robbers around 1:30am.

Family members said that the woman was depressed as one of the other gang rape victims from her neighbourhood had received compensation, while she was neglected.

“She too is a victim and her husband was also robbed during the incident. She thinks that the woman who received compensation was getting special attention. So, she tried to take this extreme step. She doused herself in kerosene. But her husband intervened and stopped her before she could light a matchstick,” said the woman’s brother.

The woman’s husband is a driver and since the robbery-murder incident, he is in a shock and has not gone out to work, said the family member.

Station house officer of Jewar, Rajpal Tomar, however, claimed that there was no suicide attempt.

“We went to the spot, but we did not see any signs of a suicide attempt. No case has been registered in this regard at the police station.”

As news of the incident spread in the area, a number of locals visited the woman’s house to enquire about her well being. She was also counselled by some elders of the locality, who assured her of justice soon.

The woman tried to immolate herself a day after district administration officials handed over one cheque of Rs 5 lakh to one of the other victims. “She simply assumed that the government had overlooked her after the incident,” said a family member.

BN Singh, district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar said, “One cheque of Rs 5 lakh was given to one of the victims because her husband, who was the sole breadwinner in the family, was murdered during the incident.”

He added that the district administration was sympathetic towards the needs of the families. “Steps are being taken to ensure that the children get proper education and elders in the family get pensions,” Singh said.

“We are also waiting for the results of forensic reports Further action of rehabilitating the women would be taken accordingly,” Singh said.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had on June 1 announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of a 38-year-old man, who was shot dead in Jewar, off Yamuna Expressway, on May 2.

In the incident that sent shock waves across the country last week, a car was waylaid on the Jewar-Bulandshahr Road and four women travelling in it were dragged to the nearby fields and gang-raped. The family was also held hostage and allegedly robbed.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 09:09 IST