On June 14, 2016, two younger sisters watched helplessly as their father, together with some family, burnt their mom alive inside their house in Uttar Pradesh. They’d seen their mom being tortured for years, for not having a son.
Manoj Bansal, 48, was sentenced to life in jail by a court docket in Bulandshahr on Wednesday. The testimonies of his two daughters nailed his conviction.
Tanya and Latika Bansal, now 18 and 20, say they’re relieved that their six-year authorized battle led to punishment for his or her father.
“My mom was murdered by my father solely as a result of she didn’t give beginning to a son. My mom raised us with a lot problem and that man burnt her alive. For us he’s only a demon. After a 6-year battle, his conviction is a reduction to us . My sister and I have been locked in a room and we have been eyewitnesses to how our father and others burnt my mom,” Latika mentioned in a video assertion.
Their mom, Anu Bansal, married Manoj Bansal in 2000. After two daughters, she was pressured to have 5 abortions as her husband needed a son. She was repeatedly tortured by her husband and family. On the night time she was set on hearth, her daughters have been locked up in a room. She died of extreme burn accidents six days later, on June 20, 2016.
Their grandmother, Anu’s mom, had filed the FIR within the case. Latika had additionally written to the then UP Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, pleading for justice. Components of that letter have been written in her personal blood.
“We didn’t say something to him however he taunted us whereas being led away saying – you should really feel good now,” Latika mentioned on watching her father’s sentencing.
“After a police investigation, the cops dialed down the cost to ‘abetment to suicide’ as a substitute of homicide, however we fought this in court docket and the court docket restored the homicide cost within the case,” Sanjay Sharma, the lawyer for Anu Bansal’s mom and daughters mentioned in an announcement.
There are seven different accused within the case, in line with the lawyer – all of them family of Manoj Bansal.