A girl burnt for resisting attempts of molestation

On October 30, 2020, a girl named Gulnaz Khatoon, aged 20 years, was burnt alive after she resisted attempts of molestation by Satish Kumar Rai in a village – Rasulpur Habib – in Bihar’s Vaishali district. She passed away in a hospital in Patna on 15 November. Her mother Maimoona Khatoon said in several videos, that Satish had given a death threat a day before the incident. She further alleged the role of Satish’s associate Chandan Kumar Rai in the attack. Gulnaz’s younger sister Gulshan Parveen said that “the accused had been stalking and sexually harassing her sister for the last three-four months and bringing pressure on her to marry Satish Rai. They killed her because she refused”. “You are a Hindu and I a Muslim. I can neither have an affair with you nor can I marry you,” Gulnaz had reportedly told Satish. In a video statement to the police, Gulnaz said that she was going to throw garbage around 6 pm when Satish Rai, poured kerosene over her and set ablaze her with a match stick. The victim’s family had complained to the parents of accused Satish Rai about the latter stalking the girl. But the family of Satish did nothing in the matter.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Unknown Details of the FIR

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: October 30, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Inter-religious marriage / elopement / affair
  • Number of people Killed 1
    No. of People Injured 1
    Name of the victim : Gulnaz Khatoon
    Name of Perpetrator Satish Kumar Rai & Chandan Kumar
    State Bihar
    District/City Vaishali
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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