Asha Rani

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Asha Rani is an Indian politician and criminal[1] belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. She was a member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in India until convicted on charges of having abducted[2] a maid and abetted in her death by burning.[3][4]

She was elected from Bijawar of Madhya Pradesh seat in the 2008 state assembly elections.[5][6][7][8][9]

Tijji Bai abduction and death[edit]

Her husband Ashok Veer Vikram Singh, a former Samajwadi Party member of the state assembly and a strongarm politician, had abducted Tijji and brought her to Bhopal where she became a bonded labourer.[2]

In 2007, Tijji Bai set herself aflame. The incident became well known when neighbours saw her in flames, but instead of running around she was sitting quietly.[2] Though a charge was registered, it was not followed up.

In May 2013, her husband was convicted in a murder case.[10] Subsequently, the Tijji-bai case was investigated, and Asha Rani was charged. She then went into hiding for several months.[11] When she was about to lose her state assembly seat for missing sessions for 60 days, she emerged to attend the assembly and was arrested.[12] Later she was convicted in 2013 and was sentenced to jail for 10 years. She was disqualified as a member of legislative assembly under the provisions of Representation of the People Act that disqualifies who has been convicted under sections of various laws. She was also the first legislator from the state and the first female legislator in country to be disqualified under the law.[1][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anurag Upadhyay (31 Oct 2013). "MP don Bhaiya Raja's wife BJP MLA Asha Rani gets 10 year jail for killing maid". India TV news.  The wife of Bhopal gangster Bhaiya Raja, BJP MLA Asha Rani was today sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by a local session court on charge of killing her maid Tijji Bai.
  2. ^ a b c "Now, all eyes on the trial of Tijji Bai death case". Hindustan Times (Bhopal). 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-06-08. She had been raped and kept as bonded labourer and was not allowed to venture out.
  3. ^ "Tijji Bai murder case: BJP MLA Asharani’s bail plea rejected". Bhaskar News. 18 Mar 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/bjp-mla-joins-exmla-husband-in-jail-for-forcing-slave-to-kill-herself/article5303119.ece
  5. ^ http://www.eci.gov.in/nov08/trend_mp.asp
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=147932
  8. ^ http://search.eci.gov.in/ae_2008e/pollupd/ac/states/S12/Acnstcand52.htm[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  10. ^ Ankur Sirothia (31 May 2013). "Former Madhya Pradesh MLA Bhaiya Raja, 4 others get life sentence in murder case". Times of India. 
  11. ^ Milind Ghatwai (5 Mar 2011). "BJP MLA held in maid suicide case". Indian Express. 
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/bjp-mla-arrested-in-suicide-case/article1511351.ece
  13. ^ "BJP MLA, Bhaiya Raja get 10-yr in jail". The Pioneer. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.