Muzaffarnagar: Mother of 3 kills herself as ‘rape’ clip goes public

Hundreds of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers from adjoining districts staged a protest and refused to cremate the woman’s body till the family was provided adequate compensation.

Written by Manish Sahu , Sweta Dutta | Muzaffarnagar/lucknow | Published:January 14, 2016 4:26 am
The ASHA worker who knew the woman claimed that after the alleged rape, she “went into a state of shock”. The ASHA worker who knew the woman claimed that after the alleged rape, she “went into a state of shock”.

Muzaffarnagar remained tense Wednesday as a 40-year-old ASHA worker, allegedly raped by a 20-year-old last week, committed suicide after a video of the incident was circulated on WhatsApp by the accused.

Police said they are investigating the alleged incident. Muzaffarnagar SSP K B Singh said the woman or her husband never lodged a police complaint about the alleged rape. “Her husband filed a complaint only after her suicide, but he did not mention the time or date of the alleged crime,” said Singh.

He said the video appeared to have been shot in a field. He also claimed that call detail records of the woman and the accused suggested that they were in touch in the last two months.

A fellow ASHA worker, who did not wish to be named, said the woman first met the accused, Shahid, when she visited his house three months ago while his sister-in-law was giving birth. According to the health worker, from that point on, the accused used to “block her way in the village and made advances at her”.

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Hundreds of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers from adjoining districts staged a protest and refused to cremate the woman’s body till the family was provided adequate compensation.

Muzaffarnagar MP and Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan visited the woman’s family in Chhapra in the evening, following which her body was cremated. “The district administration has given a meagre compensation of Rs 30,000 to the family. The woman ran the house as her husband is bedridden. They have three children. I have asked villagers to help the family and I, too, will personally help them,” Baliyan told The Indian Express.

The accused was arrested after an FIR was lodged by the victim’s husband at Purchhapar police station. He has been booked on charges of rape, abetment of suicide and the Information Technology Act.

“The accused was arrested late Tuesday night and, during initial interrogation, he admitted to raping the victim as well as circulating the video clip. He has been sent to judicial remand for 14 days,” said Pradeep Gupta, Superintendent of Police (City), Muzaffarnagar. “There is tension in the village. It also involves two communities, so it is a bit sensitive. We have ensured heavy police deployment,” he said.

The woman killed herself on Tuesday after visiting a local dispensary to get medicine for her 16-year-old son. She asked her son to return home on his own and said she would get back shortly. He went home with a neighbour. Later, a call on his father’s phone informed them that she had consumed poison near the marketplace. According to doctors, the woman, who consumed sulphas tablets, died during treatment.

The ASHA worker who knew the woman claimed that after the alleged rape, she “went into a state of shock”.

“A couple of days ago, when the 30-second video was circulated in the village, her children and husband got to know about the incident. But when her husband asked her about it, she refused to speak. She told me that everyone would blame her,” said the ASHA worker.

Station Officer of Purchhapar police station Bhanu Pratap Yadav confirmed that the victim died of poisoning and that she first met Shahid when his sister-in-law was giving birth.

Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate Nikhil Chand Shukla, meanwhile, said he has sent a recommendation to the government to provide financial help to the woman’s family.

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    indian
    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:48 am
    It's very sad that women victims feel ashamed. We need to change the way we as a society view things. A crime was committed against her but she felt society would blame her.
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      indian
      Jan 14, 2016 at 1:49 am
      Now if the names were reversed, honestly, wouldn't the media and pseudo secularists gone crazy communalising this ? Pathetic double standards
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        Sirius
        Jan 14, 2016 at 5:15 am
        Shahid represents a modern culture that preys on women. The weaker the woman, the harder they prey. It becomes harder if the community elders or family does not act to correct the predators, who are usually serial offenders. And if the predator is privileged (political patronage), it becomes very difficult for the pre upon to escape. I doubt if the offender in this case will be prosecuted ,because the political patriarch himself believes 'kabhi kabhi galti ho jaati hai'. May God give the strength to the children of ASHA worker to overcome this loss and humiliation . And prey to GOD for retribution, never pardon the offender ...
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          Romik
          Jan 14, 2016 at 12:44 am
          The accused should be punished gt;case fast tracked.
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            Neutral
            Jan 14, 2016 at 5:37 am
            clearly, anti nationalist, anti hindu had sided with khangress and nationalist, pro hindu sided with RSS in India! in every incident, if u point out atrocities on hindus by muslims, u will be called RSS! but remotely if any hindu commits crimes with muslim, that hindus also of course will be called RSS! that means, whether victim hindu or perpetrator, all r RSS and khangressi hindu actually do not think themselves as hindu, they consider themselves khangress half cut d 1ck!
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              arc
              Jan 14, 2016 at 6:18 am
              Think asaram. Think nityanand.
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                arvind
                Jan 14, 2016 at 5:28 am
                are there no rape cases in hindu families?? Dont mix religion with crime..
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                  bbray
                  Jan 16, 2016 at 6:46 am
                  Where you born simpleton with a fake name ? Or did Allah promised you 72 Virgins for belittling crimes committed by Muslims all around the world.You have to be really naive and stupid to be blindsided by Islamic faith which promotes slavery, rape,child molestation.
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                    Such newsf UP will make headlines since elections are drawing near. What about other states ??? Are everything excellent in MP, Gujarat Haryana?
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                      Bijan Mohanty
                      Jan 15, 2016 at 9:20 am
                      To stop these atrocities from happening, vote for AAP in next elections. Good governance is the answer which main stream political parties have failed to provide including Modi party in spite of tall talks and false promises.
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                        Kaliyug
                        Jan 14, 2016 at 2:34 am
                        The Indian government does not think that they can handle women's safety issue with high priority and drastic punishments. There is always self doubt in their decisions, there does not seem to be any quick way they can intervene, they are always late in their decisions.
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                          disgusted
                          Jan 14, 2016 at 3:12 am
                          Just wait a couple days more, some presutes will 'prove' that there was an 'affair' going on and the lady killed herself only after the video surfaced due to shame.
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                            disgusted
                            Jan 14, 2016 at 12:52 am
                            Now IE presutes will try to put doubts on the character of the victim because the perpetrator follows the 'Religion Of Peace' and all 'sacred' journalists try to save such 'pious' persons.
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                              Devender Kumar
                              Jan 14, 2016 at 5:57 am
                              very rare...coz we are generally herbivorous.....
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                                Vijay
                                Jan 14, 2016 at 3:25 am
                                Again muslim man preys upon a woman. And secular woman will keep portraying muslim men as good men. Strange country.
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                                  Vijay
                                  Jan 14, 2016 at 3:23 am
                                  Is the woman hindu and man muslim here? Germany gave refuge to muslims and there they gangraped german woman as many papers reported. What kind of barbaric religion is this where women are treated like animals only worth raping ? Man and woman are equal as expounded by advaita vedanta. Shankaracharya was interrupted by a chandala who was shiva to teach Shankaracharya the lesson that no human is low or high and everything made by Him is equal. Hindu women must unite against this menace and stop interacting with muslim men as they don't allow muslim women to interact with hindu men. In their eyes hindu women being liberal according to nature are not worth the respect. Hindu women should boycot interaction with muslim men.
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                                    Vijay
                                    Jan 14, 2016 at 3:27 am
                                    Why is it so that muslim men expect hindu women to mingle with them but don't allow muslim women to mingle with hindu men. Hindu women should ponder upon such queston and be ashamed that what category they are umed by these muslim men who just have fun with liberal hindu women but keep their women in homes.
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                                      tyhj
                                      Jan 14, 2016 at 9:28 am
                                      Asylum seekers are actually Rapist.
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                                        tyhj
                                        Jan 14, 2016 at 9:25 am
                                        Hindus get Raped by Muslims but nobody speaks about it. What a Shame. Hope criminals pay for it.
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                                          ah
                                          Jan 14, 2016 at 6:20 am
                                          Ab saare PATRIOT jaag uthenge ………………… Sab ko ismay apni MAA BEHN nazar aayegi …………………. 13 Saal ki ladki ko MARI tab wo ooonki Maa Behn Neti nahi thi ……………… RApe chahe koi bhi kare wo kisi ki maa hai aur behn ya beti ……………… Rapists ko maut ke sajah hi behter hai ……………….. Ab dekhna hai kya hota hai ……………………….
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                                            KB
                                            Jan 14, 2016 at 5:59 am
                                            Accsued name is SHAHID...... anybody for award wapsi now?
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