Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Unnao rape survivor set on fire by accused out on bail

Unnao rape survivor set on fire by accused out on bail

Unnao: A rape survivor from Unnao was battling for life with 90 per cent burns on Thursday after five men, including two of the accused, allegedly set her on fire while she was on her way to court, the police said.

After the FIR, police arrested one of the accused but he managed to get a bail. One of the accused men had been arrested but was later released on bail.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested all the five accused men which also include the two rape accused.

Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam Trivedi and Shubham Trivedi set her afire, she said. When police reached the spot they found her in a severely burned condition.

The chief minister also told officials that the woman should be given the best possible treatment. The criminal justice system has three-four compartments but we do not work like that.

"I think crime has taken place always but if there is anyone who has taken prompt action in working it out and punishing culprits it is the Yogi government", he said.

The woman said in a statement that she was on her way from her village in Unnao district to Rae Bareli where the trial is going on when she was attacked.

He was speaking on the latest Unnao incident when he made the remarks. "We must send out a signal to the entire country & society that in such incidents action should be taken promptly, swiftly, & adequately, so these things are not repeated again".

She is in critical condition in hospital, where she is being treated for severe burns.

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The rape survivor was on her way for hearing in her court case when she was accosted by the accused.

The men poured petrol on her and set her ablaze in the early hours of Thursday in the Unnao district. The woman has been referred to a Lucknow hospital.

Responding to the brutal incident, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra upped the ante against Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and accused them of lying about the law and order situation in the state.

"Yesterday, the home minister of the country and the Uttar Pradesh chief minister clearly lied that law and order in Uttar Pradesh has become better".

In a tweet, she said, "Seeing such incidents occur on a daily basis saddens one's heart".

But the real figure is believed to be far higher as many women in India don't report cases to police due to fear or shame. "BJP leaders should now stop false propaganda", Priyanka said in a tweet.

The girl's family alleged that Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a legislator from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had engineered the accident.

In July this year the rape survivor's vehicle was mysterious hit by a truck, killing two of her aunts and seriously injuring her and her lawyer.

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