UP CM announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to Bulandshahr sisters
Bulandshahr: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rupees 10 lakh to two sisters hailing from Bulandshahr whose mother was burnt to death.
15-year-old Latika Bansal hailing from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr town wrote a letter with blood to the UP CM demanding justice for her mother. Moreover, she accused the UP police of unresponsive behaviour in connection with her mother’s murder case.
The elder of the two sisters had mentioned in the letter that their mother was burnt alive in front of their eyes on June 14 last as she could not conceive a son.
“You support Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, Educate the girl child) but a woman was burnt alive in your area just because she had two daughters. And now we are receiving life threats and the police is not helping us but the accused,” she wrote.
The CM has also promised a job to deceased’s brother and a flat to her daughters so they can shift there in case they do not want to live at their paternal uncle’s house.
- Latika’s mother Anu Bansal was burnt alive by her in-laws on June 14 last because she failed to give birth to a son.
- The girl alleges that she dialledthe police helpline number 100 but nobody responded to her calls.
- “I called the ambulance too but it never arrived,” she said.
- The girl then called her uncle, who reached in ten minutes and rushed her mother to a nearby hospital.
- Latika's mother had suffered 95 per cent burn injuries and could not survive but the police complaint claimed that the death was a case of suicide.
- A copy of Latika’s letter was posted on twitter and went viral.
What Bulandshahr Police said:
After the copy of Latika’s letter went viral, the Bulandshahr police tweeted, “A case was registered by the mother of the deceased under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code against eight people, including the husband of the deceased. The husband has been sent to jail and it was found that the names of the other seven accused were put wrongly in the complaint. The deceased had committed suicide by setting herself on fire."