Man who set himself on fire outside Supreme Court passes away

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The 27-year-old man, who had set himself on fire along with his friend outside the Supreme Court last week, succumbed to the burn injuries today morning.

The deceased, a Delhi University graduate, had come to Delhi with a 24-year-old rape victim on Monday morning. The two allegedly poured kerosene and set themselves on fire outside Supreme Court Gate No. 4.

They had also recorded a Facebook Live video saying that the woman was raped by Ghosi MP Atul Rai and alleged that senior IPS officers from Uttar Pradesh weren’t acting on their complaint.

While the man died today morning, the woman is now on ventilator support, The Indian Express reported, quoting officials.

Both Delhi and UP Police have initiated a probe into the matter but haven’t been able to record the victims’ statements.

The UP government has also formed a two-member committee headed by a DG-level officer and sent them to Delhi on Friday to inspect the spot and talk to the families of the woman and the man.

The woman was allegedly raped by Bahujan Samaj Party MP Atul Rai in June 2019. Rai was sent to jail in connection with the case.

The deceased had posted several videos of the woman on his social media, sharing their ordeal and alleging how senior police officers haven’t helped them for a year.

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