Three days ago, a woman Uma was found badly burnt on a road near Kanpur. She told police it was done by her husband Arif. She is still fighting for her life in hospital

Here’s her story:

Uma and Arif hail from Sesa village in Jhansi district of UP. They eloped in May 2018+
Her father Munnilal filed a case. Arif was booked for kidnapping and under SC/ST Act (Uma is from dhobi jaati). Uma told court she had eloped willingly, had converted and done “court marriage” with Arif in August 2018. Police filed final report in September 2018
The Jhansi district court however gave its verdict only recently - Feb 2021, while admitting that the case has got quite delayed in the court. It quashed the case against Arif
Munnilal however told me that Arif had left Uma in 2018 itself. Initially both went to Gujarat, but Arif soon dropped Uma at her elder sister’s house in Ajnara (about 50 km from Sesa). He began ignoring her. It took quite some time for Uma to realise Arif has left her
Munnilal says that a month or two ago, Arif married another woman in Gujarat. This triggered a fight between Arif and Uma. The recent attack, allegedly by Arif, is linked to that, as per Munnilal, who keeps in touch with Uma only through his elder sister
Initially, Uma lived with her sister, who was already married when she eloped. Later, she rented a place near her sister’s house and began working. Uma has not returned to her own village, Sesa, even once since she eloped.
Here is my report on the case:
swarajyamag.com/politics/three…

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