A 15-year-old girl from Bulandshahr wrote a letter to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav ‘in blood’ demanding justice for her mother, who was burnt alive allegedly by her in-laws.
According to the girl Latika Bansal, her mother was burnt for allegedly not giving a birth to a boy. She wrote:
“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.”
Though Lathika called 100 and even ambulance, none of them responded. She then had to call her uncle who took her mother to a hospital, who could not survive.
“She called me up and then I rushed to their house. I was horrified to see what they had done to my sister. We rushed her to hospital, but she had suffered 95 percent and could not survive. If the police had picked up the phone and reached in time, maybe she could have survived,” Tarun Jindal, the victim’s brother, told TOI.
He said that the two main accused are his sister’s brother-in-law Rajesh Bansal and her mother-in-law Snehalata.
Latika ran from pillar to post seeking justice, but yet again nobody helped her.
“My uncle and I have gone to police officers of all ranks, but nobody has lifted a finger. That was when I decided to write a letter to the CM (Akhilesh Yadav) in my own blood. If the CM doesn’t respond to ink, maybe he will respond to my blood,” she said.
However, Bulandshahr’s additional superintendent of police (city) Ram Mohan Singh said, “The victim’s husband, Manoj Bansal, was arrested soon after the complaint was filed. The complaint also mentions several other relatives, but most of them live outside Bulandshahr.”