Dalit woman resists rape, set ablaze in Punjab


Staff member
Mansa January 17

A dalit woman was set on fire in Punjab's Mansa district after she resisted the attempts of an upper caste farmer to rape her. The woman died morning. The accused, Sandeep Singh, was booked for murder but he is absconding, said police.

Singh and the woman lived in the same village. Her husband is a tailor while she worked as a farm labourer. On Friday evening, when she was alone at home, Singh barged in and attempted to rape her. The woman fought hard to resist him. Singh then poured kerosene on her, set her ablaze and ran away.

On hearing the women's cries, neighbours rushed to her help. Her family members took her to a Bathinda hospital. ''Her condition was grave and she was shifted to Baba Farid Medical College at Faridkot,'' her husband said. She died of burn injuries said Behniwal police post head Rajinder Singh. Police are looking for Singh.