Indian police set woman on fire for not paying bribe

10:12 AM | 8 Jul, 2015
Indian police set woman on fire for not paying bribe

LUCKNOW (Web Desk) - A woman in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has died after alleging that she was set on fire by two policemen inside a police station after she refused to pay a bribe.

Neetu Dwivedi, 40, told a magistrate before her death that the policemen asked her for 100,000 rupees, reported BBC.

She had gone to the police station to free her husband, who had been detained for questioning in a crime.

The accused policemen deny the charge and say she tried to immolate herself.

The policemen have been suspended and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into the case.

Dwivedi, who sustained 80% burns, was admitted to hospital in the state capital, Lucknow, where she died.

In her dying declaration before a magistrate and reporters, she alleged that she was abused and humiliated by her attackers when she refused to pay the bribe.

Dwivedi's son, who is a journalist with a Hindi newspaper, has said he wants justice as his "mother will only rest in peace when the guilty are punished".