| Asha Rani|| Politician|
Asha Rani Wikipedia
Asha Rani is an Indian politician 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 a maid and abetted in her death by burning.
She was elected from Bijawar of Madhya Pradesh seat in the 2008 state assembly elections.
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.
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. Though a charge was registered, it was not followed up.
In May 2013, her husband was convicted in a murder case. Subsequently, the Tijji-bai case was investigated, and Asha Rani was charged. She then went into hiding for several months. 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. 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.