Mumbai : In a horrific incident, a mother suffered 94 percent burns and is fighting for life in a hospital because she stood up to a man who was harassing her daughter.
According to The Times of India reports, on 14 April, 38 years old Amravati Harijan and her 18 years old daughter Jyoti (name changed) were sitting outside their house in Bandra, Mumbai, when the accused, one Deepak Jeth, threw petrol on them.
Deepak Jeth (25), allegedly poured petrol on her and set her on fire. Amravati has suffered 94 per cent deep burns on her body. According to police, Jeth, would stalk and flash his private parts at Amravati’s daughter, even after repeated attempts were made by her to stop him.
“That day I was sitting outside when he came and flung petrol on my body. Before he could light a fire I ran away screaming for help. I poured water on my body and washed away the petrol. I came back within a few minutes and saw my mother on fire, another family friend, and her two-yearold daughter was also on fire. I was shocked to see the scene,” said Jyoti (name changed to protect identity)
When a media reporter visited Masina Hospital at Byculla, Amravatil was in considerable pain, yet she gathered her will to speak. “I want to see him hanged. He should pay the price for what he has done to me and my family,” she said.
The other two victims, Kanta (Amravati’s neighbor) and her two-year-old daughter, Angel have been admitted to Sion hospital with 35 per cent burns.
Dr Suhas Abhyankar, consultant plastic surgeon says, “Amravati is currently on non-invasive ventilation. She is not in a condition to be put on anaesthesia.”
Doctors say Amravati may need cadaveric skin donation for grafting, in order to make a full recovery. Her medical bills have already raked up to Rs 18 lakh, and the grafting procedure will be twice as expensive. Amravati’s husband works as a gardener and the couple have three children, including their 18-year-old daughter.
They cannot afford the treatment, Jyoti and her two younger brothers are running from pillar to post to pay her mother’s medical bills. Jyoti’s father is also looking for ways to help.
Advocate Audrey Dmello, Programme Director, Majlis Legal Centre, an NGO that works for women, has called this incident a failure of the police system. “A year ago one of the neighbours had informed the police about the sexual harassment. Police just slapped him and let him go. Why didn’t they insure safety of the girl?”
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