Madhya Pradesh: Tribal woman set ablaze, condition critical, husband blames police

As per doctors, the tribal woman Rampyari Bai, a resident of Dhanoria village in Guna district, has received 80% burns and is battling for life.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Monday, July 04, 2022, 10:44 PM IST
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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Condition of a tribal woman allegedly set ablaze by a group of people in Guna district continues to remain critical. She is undergoing treatment in Hamidia hospital.

As per doctors, the tribal woman Rampyari Bai, a resident of Dhanoria village in Guna district, has received 80% burns and is battling for life.

Her husband Arjun Saharia told journalists here that police have colluded with accused.

He said that six people from his village had set his wife on fire on Saturday afternoon. Her only fault was she had opposed encroachment on their (the tribal couple’s) land by accused.

A video, purportedly shot by the accused, had also surfaced on social media platforms, wherein the charred woman was seen crying in pain with smoke all around her.

Arjun said, “On Saturday, four men and two women reached our land and started sowing soybean. My wife stopped them from doing so. On this, they started arguing with her. They brought diesel and doused her with fuel and set her on fire.”

He said after the incident his wife told him that she was set on fire by six people, identified as Pratap Dhakad, Shyam Dhakad, Hanumat Dhakad, Pandit, Avanti Bai and Sudama Bai.

He said the accused had been harassing them for more than one year. The accused had once attacked him following which he had lodged a complaint with police but no action was taken. Had police taken action, his wife would not have been set on fire.

“I want harshest action against the criminals. They used to threaten us with dire consequences. They have their relatives in police. That is why, police didn’t take action on my FIR. I want justice,” he said. On Monday, ex-chief minister Digvijaya Singh visited Hamidia Hospital to see the woman.

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