Young girls want father hanged for killing mum


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Patna: Two sisters in Bihar have demanded their father be given the death penalty after claiming he burned their mother alive in front of them.

The girls, 13-year-old Vipsyana and eight-year-old Ayeshana, from north Bihar's East Champaran district accused their father, Amitabh Shrivastava, a sergeant in the Indian Air Force, of burning their mother to death.

They claim their father had fallen in love with an athlete and was pressurising their mother, Kiran Shrivastava, 32, to give him a divorce but she refused. They said he poured oil on her and set her alight on June 11. She died in hospital after a week of suffering.

The sisters said police refused to take their complaint seriously. The case was finally lodged and statements recorded after local superintendent of Motohari, Ganesh Kumar, intervened after a media furore.

Doused in oil

"We saw our father dousing our mother with kerosene oil and then lighting her with match sticks. When we protested, he threatened to burn us too. What we saw ultimately was quite horrible, my mother going up in flames and suffering serious wounds resulting in her untimely death," Ayeshana told the superintendent.

The sisters told the SP how they watched helplessly but couldn't even cry out for fear of being killed. They demanded their father be hanged for his crime and justice be done for their mother.

"We want death for our father for the kind of crime he has committed. We will never forgive him."