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India: Bihar woman avenges crime, burns down ‘rapist’

4th Apr 2013
India: Bihar woman avenges crime, burns down ‘rapist’

HT Illustration/Abhimanyu

By Avinash Kumar and Mukesh Kr Mishra

Patna, (Hindustan Times): A middle-aged man was burnt to death after he was set on fire by a woman whom he had allegedly raped in her own house earlier during the night.

The incident took place in the woman’s home at Sweetha village, two kilometres south of the Parsa Bazar police station, in Phulwarisharif block of Patna district, early Tuesday.

The police in Patna described the incident as “an act of revenge’ on the part of the woman, a widow, after Bhola Thakur, 45, the man who was set alight, raped her earlier on Tuesday night when she was sleeping.

According to the police, Thakur entered the woman’s house around 1:30am on Tuesday and forced himself upon her.

“Thakur was so drunk he feel asleep in her house after committing the crime”, said an officer.

He said the woman at first contemplated self-immolation out of shame and even poured kerosene on herself. Thereafter, she changed her mind and decided to seek revenge.

“She threw her kerosene soaked sari, which had caught fire, on Thakur and rushed out of the house. A little later, the house was reduced to ashes and Thakur was burnt to death.

On getting information, the DSP incharge and SHO of Parsa Bazar police station rushed to the spot and took the woman into custody. During interrogation, the woman said she extracted revenge for her rape.

Police said Thakur, father of four girls, had been accused in dozens of cases of eve-teasing and harassing women. His younger brother had recently come out of jail in a case of outraging the modesty of a schoolgirl, two years ago.

Patna senior SP Manu Maharaj said the police would subject the woman to a medical examination of the woman to ascertain if she had been raped.

“A murder case has been lodged at the Parsa Bazar police station”, he said, adding, the woman had three children, including two married daughters and a son, who works in Ludhiana.


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