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Gyanvapi Mosque: Hindu petitioner seeks Euthanasia approval, cites harassment by fellow petitioners

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Rakhi Singh, the main plaintiff demanding the right of daily worship by Hindus inside the Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, wrote to President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday, alleging that her fellow four petitioners in the case and their lawyers spread false propaganda against her, and adding that she was “considering euthanasia” due to mental pressure.

“In the case, my associates, including Lakshmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas, Rekha Pathak, along with (senior) advocate Harishankar Jain, his son advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain and their few colleagues, did a false propaganda and defamed me and my uncle and aunt Jitendra Singh Visen and Kiran Singh in May 2022,” Rakhi Singh wrote in the letter.

She alleged that they spread a rumour that she was withdrawing the case, while “neither any such statement or information was issued from my side nor my uncle Jitendra Singh Visen, pleader on my behalf in the said case, issued any such information.”

“Thus, the entire Hindu society has been raised against me and my family by creating a confusion about us in the entire country due to which I and the entire family of Visenji have come under a lot of mental pressure,” read her statement.

She went on to say: “Therefore, you are requested to grant me the permission of euthanasia and pave the way to get rid of this immense mental pain and agony so that I can attain ultimate peace by sleeping eternally. I will wait for your reply till 9th June 2023 at 9:00 am…If no order comes from you, then whatever decision will be taken after that will be my own.”

Singh, along with four other Hindu women plaintiffs, had filed the case in the court of the civil judge Varanasi in August 2021, seeking the right to daily worship at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in the Gyanvapi mosque complex.

The case is currently being heard in the Varanasi district court.

The centuries-old mosque, is a target of Hindu nationalist groups after Babri Masjid which was demolished by Hindutva groups.

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