Rape Survivor Set On Fire on Way To Court In UP's Unnao

Rape Survivor Set On Fire on Way To Court In UP's Unnao

  • The woman has sustained 90% burns all over her body.
  • According to the officials, the survivor was raped in March and had filed a complaint, but the accused was later granted bail

EC News Desk

Lucknow: December, 5, 2019: The 23-year-old woman, who survived a brutal rape some months ago, was set on fire on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao by a group of men. Five men including two of her alleged rapists have been arrested on suspicion of setting her on fire, police say.

The rape accused and his friends took the woman outside her village and into the fields and doused her in petrol before setting her on fire. She was raped by the five men some months before while police could manage to arrest only three of them and two others were still on the run.

Police rushed to the spot later and took the woman to a nearby government hospital where she has been admitted in a critical condition. She was later referred to a Lucknow hospital as her condition was grave.

The incident occurred at Sindupur village under Bihar police station area and has caused tension in the area.

“The condition of the girl who was set on fire and bought here at 10 am is very serious. She has 90 percent burn injuries and we are taking utmost care. A team of doctors are observing her,” Dr Ashutosh Dubey, medical superintendent of the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Lucknow, told PTI.

All the five men who allegedly set her on fire have been arrested. In her statement to the police, the rape survivor said the men first hit her on the head and attacked with a knife on the neck. As she slumped, they poured petrol and set her on fire, Hindustan Times reported.

Rape and sexual violence against women have been in focus in India since the December 2012 gang-rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in the capital, Delhi. But there has been no sign that crimes against women are abating.

According to the latest government crime figures, police registered 33,658 cases of rape in India in 2017 - that's an average of 92 rapes every day.

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