KANPUR: Women fury spilled onto the streets and a country-made liquor shop was set on fire following an incident in which a 32-year-old housewife allegedly set herself ablaze after she was severely beaten up by her drunk husband in Barra area of the Industrial City on Thursday.
Police said the victim, identified as Rama Devi, attempted suicide after having quarrelled with her husband Sudhir Singh Yadav at her house in Bihari Purwa in Meharban Singh Ka Purwa, Barra, on Thursday morning. Police further said Rama was found engulfed in flames when the neighbours rushed to the spot after hearing her cries. They later rushed her to a nearby private hospital with critical burn injuries.
Sudhir, the owner of a dairy who had married Rama about six years back, was a habitual drunkard. The couple had two children. “It was on Thursday morning when Sudhir returned home in a drunken state and thrashed his wife Rama. The latter was fed-up with her husband’s regular torture and set herself on fire after pouring kerosene over herself,” informed a senior police official while talking to TOI.
As soon as the news spread in the vicinity, locals of Bihari Purwa, mostly women and children, assembled outside the victim’s house. Irked by the incident, they unanimously decided to teach the contractor and salesmen of the liquor shop a lesson. The crowd, thereafter, armed themselves with sticks, lathis, stones, bricks and marched towards the liquor vend and resorted to heavy stone pelting and arson. After ransacking it, they set the liquor shop on fire even as the contractor and salesmen slipped away.
They damaged several cartons of liquors, a generator, a water tank and set the liquor shop on fire. They said the country-made liquor shop had been opened despite opposition from the locals. This is the first protest of its kind in the Industrial City in the recent past.
They said because of the opening of the liquor shop, women and children of the area were unable to move freely. They alleged that repeated requests to the authorities had failed to make any difference. Meanwhile, DIG Rajesh Rai informed that a case had been registered against unidentified people at Barra police station and the police were now on the lookout for the victim’s husband.