A week after she was allegedly raped by her neighbour, a 32-year-old village head (pradhan) in Jhansi district committed suicide by setting herself afire in Lahchura police station area late Thursday evening.
The victim had not lodged any complaint with the police about the alleged rape. Also no suicide note was found from the house. She had sustained over 95 per cent burn injuries and had died on the spot.
Police lodged an FIR against one Guddu Singh based on a complaint filed by victim’s husband Friday. The accused is yet to be arrested.
Guddu Singh,who already has criminal cases registered against him including attempt to murder and Goonda Act, has been booked on charges of rape, abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation.
Officiating station officer (SO) of Lahchura police station, sub-inspector Vikramaditya Singh Sachan said the complainant told the police that his wife had informed him about the rape, which took place a week ago ago, on December 9 but had asked him not to report the matter to the police fearing social stigma.