Taking suo motu cognizance of the gang rape of a widow in Hapur, the National Commission for Women (NCW) issued a letter to the Uttar Pradesh DGP on Tuesday to take strict and immediate action in the case.
"The National Commission for Women has come across a media report, wherein it has been reported that the woman who worked as domestic help was allegedly subjected to continuous harassment and gang-rape. It is further reported that when she approached the Hapur police but they refused to register her complaint, the woman has set herself on fire and is battling for her life with 80 per cent injuries," NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said in a letter to DGP OP Singh.
The Commission said that it is "seriously concerned" about the rise in crime targeted against women.
"Considering the gravity of the matter and as per our telephonic conversation, it is requested that the matter may be thoroughly investigated and also action be taken against erring officials. A detailed action-taken the report to be sent to the Commission at an early date," the letter further read.
On May 11, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal also wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to ensure the victim gets justice.
"The insensitivity and shameful conduct of the UP police compelled the survivor to immolate herself. She is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi," read the letter.
Quoting the victim, Maliwal said that she approached Babugarh police station as well Hapur's Superintendent of Police, but no case was registered.
An FIR was registered against 16 people on May 12 and the matter is being investigated after a video clip of her allegations went viral on social media.