Six women try to burn themselves outside Uttar Pradesh assembly

March 28th, 2008 - 3:52 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, March 28 (IANS) Six women in burqas, all from the same family, tried to set themselves ablaze outside the Uttar Pradesh assembly building here Friday to protest harassment by a bully. Timely arrival of the police prevented them from carrying out their mission.

They said they were trying to extreme step to draw the attention of authorities to harassment by a local bully.

The women have been arrested and booked for attempting to commit suicide.

Senior Superintendent of Police Lucknow Akhil Kumar said: “60-year-old Shamim Bano was being harassed by a local tough against whom she had lodged a FIR (police report) for alleged oppression of her son, who was eventually driven to end his life about a month back.”

He said: “Bano’s son, Mohammad Salim, was a pavement shopkeeper who committed suicide because of alleged extortion by some toughs of the locality. Since she named them in her FIR, they went about threatening her with dire consequences. Virtually driven against the wall, she decided to immolate herself along with her sister, widowed daughter-in-law and three daughters.”

Police is now on the lookout for two people - Mohammad Anis and Mohammad Yunus - who were alleged to be responsible not only for the suicide by Bano’s son but also for driving the entire family to this pass.

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