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UP woman, who alleged being raped by BSP MP, dies days after self-immolation at Supreme Court gate

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Aug 2021, 12:45 am

New Delhi/IBNS: A 24-year-old woman from eastern Uttar Pradesh, who had accused BSP parliamentarian Atul Rai of raping her in 2019, has died in a Delhi hospital, a week after she and her male friend set themselves ablaze outside the gates of the Supreme Court, media reports said.

In May 2019, the woman had filed a case against Rai, the Ghosi MP, alleging that he had raped her at his residence in Varanasi.

He had surrendered a month later and has been in jail since.

In November 2020, the BSP leader's brother had filed a forgery case against the woman in Varanasi.

Earlier this month, a court issued a non-bailable warrant against her after the police reportedly told the court that she was untraceable.

The woman and her friend then travelled to Delhi and did a Facebook Live video before setting themselves on fire on Aug 16.

In the video, they accused the police of colluding with the MP and his relatives. The two said that they are setting themselves on fire expecting no justice.

The arrest warrants, she said, were issued against her from two different places -- Ballia and Varanasi.