Woman who says she was raped by Indian politician burns herself alive

Woman who claims she was raped by Indian politician burns herself alive after accusing police of colluding with him

  • The woman, 24, accused politician Atul Rai of raping her at his home in 2019
  • He was jailed a month later but she claims she has since faced death threats
  • She set herself on fire with a friend while broadcasting live online 

A woman who accused an Indian politician of rape has died after burning herself alive in protest at alleged police collusion with the accused.

The 24-year-old claimed she was assaulted by Atul Rai, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, at his home in Varanasi in 2019.

She filed a case with police and he surrendered a month later and has been in jail since.  

A woman who accused Indian politician Atul Rai (pictured) of rape has died after burning herself alive

The accuser and a friend doused themselves in flammable liquid before setting themselves on fire while on Facebook Live

But in November, the BSP politician’s brother filed a forgery case against his accuser for allegedly submitting wrong proof of age in the rape case.

In March, she filed a plea in the Supreme Court asking to transfer the case from Allahabad to Delhi for a fair trial, claiming she was facing death threats. 

But this month, a court issued a warrant for her arrest after police had said she was untraceable.

The accuser and a male friend travelled to Delhi last week and recorded a Facebook Live video in which they discussed the case and the apparent threats she was facing.

The 24-year-old claimed she was assaulted by Atul Rai, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, at his home in Varanasi in 2019. Pictured: charred remains of a bottle at the scene

The accuser and a male friend travelled to Delhi last week and recorded a Facebook Live video in which they discussed the case and the apparent threats she was facing

In the footage, they accuse the police of accusing with the jailed MP and his relatives and said they didn’t expect to see any justice.

She said: ‘The destination they wanted us in, we have reached it… The efforts they have made for the past two years, we have come here to realise their goal.’

Her friend then adds: ‘They have been compelling us since November 2020 to die. We want all you, the people of Uttar Pradesh and the country, to hear this.’

The pair then doused themselves in flammable liquid before setting themselves on fire on the live recording.

The friend, 27, died from his injuries on Saturday while the woman, who suffered 85 per cent burns, died on Tuesday.

Two policemen have since been suspended, including one who was probing the forgery case.

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