MEERUT: The daughter of a woman burnt to death in Bulandshahr wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in her blood, seeking justice in the alleged murder case.
Two months ago Latika Bansal, a 15-year-old girl from Bulandshahr, saw something that she will never forget. On June 14, Latika’s mother Anu Bansal was burned alive in front of her and her 11-year-old sister Tanya. Anu Bansal was killed, the teen alleges, by her in-laws because she “failed to give them a son”.
As her mother was burning, Latika called the police helpline — 100 — but nobody responded to her calls. She called an ambulance too, but it never arrived. Finally, the girl called her uncle, who reached in ten minutes and took the woman to hospital. Latika’s mother, who had suffered 95 per cent burns, could not survive. Meanwhile, the police complaint claimed that the death was a case of suicide. Two months after her mother’s death, a desperate Latika wrote a letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in her blood in the hope that it would prompt him to act.
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“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 100,” Latika said.
Dharemendra Kumar Yadav, Bulandshahr’s circle officer told the daily that they had decided not to treat the investigation as complete. The case was first being treated as a suicide.