LUCKNOW – Days after Hyderabad brutal rape and murder, now a 23-year-old woman, who had filed a rape case against two men from her village in March this year, was set on fire on Thursday morning outside her village in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district when she was headed to a local court for hearing in the rape case.
Three men, including one of the rape-accused, have been arrested for setting the woman on fire, said police.
The men took her from outside her village into the fields and doused her in petrol before setting her on fire. Police have rushed to the spot and the woman was admitted to a nearby government hospital.
The woman is said to be critical and suffered 60-70 per cent burn injuries. She has now been rushed to a specialised hospital in Lucknow for further treatment.
“We got the information in the morning. The woman gave the names of the accused. We have formed teams to arrest the accused. Three men have already been arrested. We are on a lookout for another two men,” said Vikrant Vir, a senior police official in Unnao.
In March, the woman had filed a first information report against two men from her paternal village in Unnao, accusing them of raping her and also filming the act. The FIR was filed in the neighbouring Rae Bareli district reportedly after the intervention of a local court.
One of the accused was later arrested by the UP Police but he had managed to get bail. The other accused, who was arrested today for raping the woman, was on the run. Cops claim they attached his property and had issued a lookout notices against him.
“Our first priority is to save the woman. The criminal justice system has three-four compartments but we do not work like that. I do not want to blame anyone. The fact is that we did arrest one of the accused. I will get more facts on the case but I am sure that the local police would have opposed the bail application of the rape-accused,” UP Director General of Police OP Singh was quoted by NDTV as saying.