A 23-year-old gangrape victim was set ablaze allegedly by five men in Unnao district in the early hours of Thursday. All the persons have been arrested.
According to sources, the woman suffered more than 70 per cent burns and has been referred to a hospital in Lucknow. The victim has named five persons, all of whom have been arrested, senior police officials said.
In her FIR registered in March this year, the victim accused five men of sexually assaulting her on several occasions in 2018.
Two of the accused were arrested following the FIR but later released on bail, officials said.
“This morning, we were informed that some persons attempted to set the woman on fire. The woman named three persons following which they were rounded up,” Unnao SP Vikrant Veer said.
The police official added, “For now, the woman has been referred to Lucknow hospital for better health care. We have arrested all five accused. Four teams were formed to nab the persons.”
ADG Lucknow (zone) Satya Narain Zabat later arrived at the Lucknow hospital to meet the victim.
In her complaint, the victim accused one of the men of taking her to Rae Bareli and sexually assaulting her on the pretext of marriage. After she pressured him into getting married, she alleged that the accused took her to the fields, and, along with his associate, raped her on gunpoint.
Taking action on the matter, CM Yogi Adityanath directed Lucknow divisional commissioner and Inspector General to inspect the place of incident and submit report by the evening.
Meanwhile, DCW chief Swati Maliwal retorted sharply to the incident and asked UP CM to ensure death penalty to the five accused. In a letter to Adityanath, she said the within 30 days the accused should be awarded death penalty and demanded the survivor be provided the “best possible medical treatment”.