Amethi woman who attempted self-immolation succumbs to burns

One of the women who had attempted self-immolation outside the Uttar Pradesh assembly on July 17, succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday at the Civil Hospital in Lucknow.

The woman had alleged police inaction in a property dispute after which she and her daughter set fire to themselves in front of the UP Assembly.

The duo allegedly had a dispute with a neighbour over a drain at their home in Amethi, and took the step after police inaction. DCP Central Dinesh Singh said the mother, identified as Safia, had suffered 80% to 90% burns while the daughter, Gudia, has suffered 10% to 20% burns. “Both are undergoing treatment at civil hospital,” he said.

Gudia claimed that some miscreants back in their village had attacked her mother after the dispute and she was beaten up for protesting. “When I reached the Jamo police station, the accused came there too and forced us out in front of the cops. An FIR was registered after the intervention of senior police officials after which we came back to our house. The culprits attacked our house later that night and assaulted me and my mother once again,” she said.

The duo then came to Lucknow after the issue was allegedly not addressed by the local police. On Friday evening, both set themselves on fire after pouring flammable liquid on their bodies.