The widow of a slain key witness in a rape case against self-proclaimed godman Asaram has demanded Rs 50 lakh in compensation, an arms licence and assistance for education of her 6-year-old son as well as an unborn child.
Thirty-five-year-old Moni Singh, widow of Shajahanpur resident Kripal Singh who was shot at by unidentified assailants on July 10 and succumbed to injuries a day later, has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav saying her husband was the sole bread earner of the family. Moni, who is five months pregnant, said she is an “educated unemployed”. She said she has done her BSc and has a diploma in computer application.
“It is a matter of my life and that of my children as we do not have any other source of income, thus I request you consider it,” reads Moni’s letter to CM, which she handed over to Shahjahanpur district.
Demanding arrest of those who shot her husband, she has sought Rs 50 lakh as compensation. She has sought assistance for education of her 6-year-old son as well as unborn child. Moni further demanded that she should be given arms license along with a pistol or revolver for the security of her family.
“I have no other way to provide for family as he (Kripal) was our sole bread earner and I cannot work in this condition. Doctor had already advised me bed rest,” Moni told The Indian Express.
She claimed that had it not been for her 6-year-old son, she would have committed suicide after her husband’s death.
“I have placed my request, if these are not fulfilled then government will be responsible for anything that happens in future,” she told The Indian Express.
Asked, what would she do with the licensed weapon, she said that she would learn to use it “for the safety of my children”.
Kripal Singh, who had recorded his statement in the rape case against Asaram about three months ago, was shot at on July 10 and died a day later. He was an employee of a transport firm, whose owner’s daughter had lodged a case against 74-year-old Asaram for allegedly sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur in Rajasthan in 2013.
Moni’s letter to Akhilesh comes a day after security was provided to Arvind Bajpai, principal of Saraswati Shishu Inter College in Shahjahanpur and a crucial witness in a rape case against Asaram
Bajpai had issued Transfer Certificate (TC) of the girl, who had alleged that she was raped by Asaram, on the basis of which she was considered minor. He had appeared in the court during a hearing in December 2014 in the case.
Asaram has been in a jail in Jodhpur since September 2013.