New Delhi: A 15-year-old teenager from Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh has asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to serve justice to her mother who was burned alive by her in-laws for not 'bearing them a son'.
Latika Bansal was home with her younger sister, 14-year-old Tanya, on June 14 when her mother Anu Bansal was burned alive in front of her for failing to give her in-laws a son.
Latika immediately dialed 100 for the police who did not respond to Latika's call. Even when she called for an ambulance, the ambulance never arrived on time. It was only when she called her uncle, her mother's brother that he came rushing to the house where he found her sister badly burned. When they took her to the hospital, doctors told the uncle that Anu had suffered 95% burn injuries, a condition to which she would eventually succumb to.
"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," the girl told the Times of India.
"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 per cent and could not survive. If the police had picked up the phone and reached in time, maybe she could have survived. The two main accused are my sister's brother-in-law Rajesh Bansal and her mother-in-law Snehalata. They are still at large. I believe that they have bribed the cops. The girls couldn't even turn to their father for help since he is complicit in their mother's murder," Tarun Jindal, the victim's brother said.
Bulandshahr police only sprang into action when Latika's letter went viral on social media. 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."