Lucknow: In a shocking incident, a 23-year-old rape victim woman from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, who had filed a rape case against two men from her village in March, was reported critical after she was set on fire this morning by five men outside her village when she was headed to a local court for hearing in the rape case.
Following the incident, all five men, including the two rape-accused, have been arrested, said police.
One of the two rape accused was on the run and the other one was released on bail last week.
It may be mentioned that the victim woman has suffered 90 percent burn injuries.
"The condition of the girl who was set on fire is very serious. She has 90 percent burn injuries and we are taking utmost care. A team of doctors is observing her," Dr. Ashutosh Dubey, medical superintendent of the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital said.
"We saw her coming towards us, screaming for help. She had been set on fire. We were scared. She had walked for nearly one km before she reached us," one of the eyewitnesses told reporters, adding that they spoke to cops after one of them dialed 100 from a mobile phone. She was rushed to a specialized hospital in Lucknow for further treatment.
It may further be mentioned that earlier in March, the victim 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.
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