Jharkhand: Accusing BJP MLA of Demanding Sex, Party’s Mahila Morcha Leader Attempts Self-immolation
She said that if not given justice, she will "burn herself alive in front of Narendra Modi".
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) women’s wing leader reportedly poured kerosene on herself outside Katras police station in Dhanbad on November 22, Thursday. The woman, who was taken into custody the police, told reporters that BJP MLA from Baghmara, Dulu Mahto, and his aide were sexually harassing her.
A video of the woman talking to reporters has gone viral on social media.
#MeToo moment for Jharkhand BJP. Rather tragic. Party's women wing leader attempted self immolation. Made serious sexual harassment allegations on MLA Dullu Mahto, considered close to CM @dasraghubar But true to its character, entire state machinery is now all out to silence her pic.twitter.com/sO0oWtRx4F
— Mayur Shekhar Jha (@mayur_jha) November 23, 2018
Visibly distressed, she tells reporters that that BJP MLA Mahto touched her inappropriately and demanded sex. She told reportes that if not given justice, she will attempt suicide before Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She says, “Humko Nyay Dijiye nahin to… Narendra Modi ke saamne jaake aatmadah karenge.. Bhajpa ka vidhaayak mere saath shoshan karna chah raha tha (Give me justice or else.. I will burn my self alive in front of Narendra Modi..a BJP MLA wanted to (sexually) abuse me.)”
Mahto has denied the allegation and has called it a political conspiracy, reported Dainik Bhaskar.
Reportedly, the woman, frustrated at being denied justice, had threatened to kill herself on November 16, after which the police had been looking for her. It is unsettling that instead of taking action on her complaints, the police had launched a manhunt against her.
While she has been taken into preventive custody at Katras police station, no case based on the woman’s charges has been registered against Mahto.
Mahto, who defected to BJP in 2014, is considered a powerful man in the coal-mafia dominated Dhanbad. Reportedly referred to as the ‘new mafia’ in the area, he has previously been accused of extortion. In April this year, his supporters, armed with guns and other weapons, allegedly created ruckus and beat up media persons during a coal auction in Baghmara, after which, section 144 had to be imposed in the area.