Unnao victim, set on fire a year after being gang-raped, dies

Unnao victim, set on fire a year after being gang-raped, dies

EC News Desk

Lucknow, December, 7, 2019: The 23-year old Unnao rape case survivor who was burnt alive on Thursday by two accused died on Friday night at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital after battling for life for almost 40 hours.

Suffering from 90% burns; the victim had been kept on ventilator at the hospital and was extremely critical.

“She suffered cardiac arrest at 11:10 pm and we tried to resuscitate her, but she could not survive and at 11:40 pm she died,” Dr. Shalabh Kumar, HOD (Burns and plastic) at Safdarjung Hospital said as reported by ANI.

The 23-year-old woman was attacked outside the Sindupur village in Unnao district when she was on her way to a court in Rae Bareli to attend a hearing in the rape case. The five men, who burnt her on Thursday, also included the two who were accused of raping the woman in December.

On Thursday, the victim had given her statement to the magistrate. In her statement, the Unnao rape victim had named five persons who burnt her. The woman had said that she was beaten up by the five men who then stabbed her and burned her alive.

NCP leader Supriya Sule extended her condolences saying, "We need to ensure she gets justice as well as all other rape victims."

She tweeted: “Another innocent life lost to rape. Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of the Unnao Rape Victim. My heartfelt condolences. May she rest in Peace. We need to ensure she gets justice as well as all other rape victims...enough is enough....”

Meanwhile, Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure strict and quick justice for the victim.

He tweeted: “Saddened by the demise of Unnao rape victim. If the justice system had the law to deliver quick justice, the accused would not have committed such heinous crime. @PMOIndia I urge that a provision should be made to ensure strict and speedy justice by improving the law so that no such untoward incident happens in the future.”

All India Mahila Congress took a dig at the Uttar Pradesh government while condoling the death of the Unnao rape survivor. "As the UP government goes to sleep another of 'India's daughter' succumbs to a system that failed to protect her Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze in Unnao and airlifted to Safdarjung Hospital yesterday, died at 11:40 pm. RIP you brave girl. You fought hard," it said in a tweet.

The Unnao rape victim was battling for life with 90 per cent burns. She was beaten up, stabbed and then set ablaze by five men on Thursday. All the five accused - Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam and Shubham Trivedi - involved in the attack on the Unnao rape victim were arrested hours after the incident.

The prime accused has been identified as Shubham Trivedi.

In her statement, the Unnao rape survivor had alleged that Shivam and Shubham Trivedi had abducted and raped her in December 2018. She had filed a case against the two in March this year.

Shubham, who was in jail in connection with the rape case, was released on bail on November 30, 2019.

Immediately after securing bail, Shubham started following and threatening her.

The victim and her family visited the Bihar police station close to the Sindupur village in Unnao several times but the police turned a deaf ear to the complaints. The victim was on her way to a Rae Bareli court when she was abducted by the five men.