A 24-year-old woman who allegedly attempted suicide with a man outside the Supreme Court died Tuesday, police said.
The woman had suffered 85 percent burns in the self-immolation on August 16. The 27-year-old man suffered 65 percent burns and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Both were admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Senior officer Deepak Yadav of New Delhi said: “The woman succumbed to her injuries during treatment on Tuesday.”
After the woman and the man attempted self-immolation, the police registered a case under Section 309 (attempted suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. They suspected that the man had persuaded the woman to take the extreme step.
They said she was from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh and was “allegedly raped in 2019 by Bahujan Samaj Party MP Atul Rai.”
The MP has been in pre-trial detention in the case for two years.
According to the Press Trust of India news agency, before attempting suicide, the woman had recorded a Facebook Live video with her partner in which she revealed her identity and claimed she filed the rape case against Rai in 2019.
She claimed that some senior police officers supported the accused.
Earlier, a senior police official had said the man and woman had taken the extreme step as a court issued a non-secure injunction against them in a case of forgery for allegedly submitting false proof of age in the rape case.
In her Facebook video, the woman had mentioned the order and that she had been subpoenaed by the judge, reports PTI news agency.
In March, the woman filed a petition with the Supreme Court to transfer her rape case from Allahabad to Delhi for a fair trial, claiming she had a “threat to her life”.
Later in August, a local court in Varanasi issued a warrant for her arrest in the forgery case based on a complaint filed by Rai’s brother.
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