The Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered the Jabalpur Superintendent of Police and the Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) to record the statement of a woman burns victim, a resident of village Boria Katangi, within seven days.
With this direction, the single-judge bench of Justice Sanjay Dwivedi disposed of the petition. The petition, filed by Sushil Singh Rajput of Boriya Katangi, stated that his son Nilesh Singh was married to Jyoti Singh on May 6, 2017. The couple have a six-month-old daughter.
The petitioner’s counsel argued that on December 23, 2020 at 10 am, an argument took place between his wife Sushma Singh and daughter-in-law Jyoti Singh. Angry at the outburst, Jyoti Singh poured kerosene on herself and her daughter. The petitioner’s wife pulled her granddaughter outside. After this she came to save Jyoti, but by then Jyoti had set herself on fire. The petitioner said his wife tried hard to save Jyoti and in her attempts, both of them sustained burns of 60 to 70 percent. Jyoti died on December 30, 2020 while undergoing treatment and had not given an accurate account of the incident in her pre-death statement, the petition said.
Advocates Prashant Mishra and Sunil Pandey argued that the petitioner’s wife is still hospitalized but despite making repeated requests, no authority is coming forward to record her statement so as to ascertain as to how the incident occurred and the wife of the petitioner suffered burn injuries.
After the hearing, the single bench has disposed the petition with the direction to the SP and SDOP to record the statement of the burned woman in seven days.