NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday took suo motu cognizance of media reports saying a woman was set on fire by a youth in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district after failing in ape attempts.
The victim woman with 85 per cent burn injuries has been admitted in the SKMCH Hospital where her condition is stated to be critical.
“Reportedly, the victim’s family had approached the police five times for registration of an FIR but no action was taken. Neither an FIR was registered by the police nor any action was taken against the accused,” the NRHC said in its statement.
The NHRC said incident amounts to serious violation of human rights of the victim if what the media reports say are true.
Taking the matter seriously, the NHRC has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Bihar calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.
The Commission would also like to know about the status of the investigation and treatment of the victim woman, who is reportedly in a state of coma at SKMCH Hospital in Muzaffarpur, the NHRC said.
It added the report must include whether any departmental action has been taken against the guilty police officials and whether any relief has been granted to the victim/ family.