Unnao woman who was set ablaze by her alleged rapists dies in hospital
The woman was on her way to board a train in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh to attend a court hearing when she was set on fire on Thursday, according to the police. She had suffered 90% burns and died of cardiac arrest on Saturday.
A 23-year-old rape victim who was set on fire by a gang of men, including her alleged rapist, has died in a hospital in New Delhi on Saturday.
The woman was on her way to board a train in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh to attend a court hearing when she was set on fire on Thursday, according to the police. She had suffered 90% burns and died of cardiac arrest.
She was also thrashed and stabbed by the gang, as per reports.
The woman had filed a complaint with Unnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gunpoint on December 12, 2018, by Shivam Trivedi and his neighbour Subham Trivedi police documents showed. Shivam Trivedi was released from jail last week after securing bail.
"At 4 am I was going to a local railway station to catch a train to Rae Bareli. Five people (she named them) were waiting for me. They surrounded me and first hit me on the leg with a stick and also stabbed me in the neck with a knife. After that, they poured petrol on me and set me on fire. When I started shouting, a crowd collected and the police were called," the woman told the police from her hospital bed in Unnao.
The police have arrested all five attackers.
Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state and has become notorious for its poor record regarding crimes against women, with more than 4,200 cases of rape reported there in 2017 - the highest in the country.
Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who was suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian near Hyderabad city, an action applauded by her family and many citizens outraged over sexual violence against women.
(With agency inputs)