A 19-year old dalit girl found unconscious in a village under Baharia police station
here has alleged she was set on fire on January 10 night by her lover and his brother who did not get her treated but waited for five days before dumping her near her father’s house on Wednesday night.Police
arrested her lover with whom she had been staying in the same village, Mubarakpur
Her condition was stated to be critical. Roshani Pasi told a magistrate that her lover Roshan Patel and his brother Kamlesh Patel
had set her on fire on January 10 night, and when her condition became precarious, they dumped her. “Following a complaint filed by the girl’s father, police have registered a case of attempt to murder.
Roshan was arrested this evening,” said SHO (Baharia) R S Rawat
on Thursday. Preliminary investigations revealed Roshani came to know Roshan when she was a student of an undergraduate college, Janata Inter-College
, and he was associated with running it.
In November 2012, a case was registered against Roshan for eloping with her. He was arrested and the girl was sent to Nari Niketan in Khuldabad
here, from where she was transferred to Nari Niketan in Kanpur
, police said. “In October 2013, when she turned major and had to be released from Nari Niketan, she expressed a desire to live with Roshan, who had got bail. Since then, she was living with him. Roshan’s elder brother Kamlesh also used to live with him,” said CO (Phulpur
), Alka Dharamraj. “What we know so far is from the victim’s statement. We will have to gather more forensic evidence and take detailed medical opinion about how old the wounds are.”Police said they are on alert to prevent the matter from snowballing into a clash between the two communities.