Uttar Pradesh Police is finally getting its act together in the case of an attempt to burn the 23-year-old rape victim alive in Unnao. Cops have been deployed to protect the family after a relative of an accused threatened to kill the victim’s uncle and aunt.
IG Law and Order Praveen Kumar said that a sub-inspector and two constables have been deployed at the victim’s house as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, in the Unnao case, all the five accused have been produced in the court and remanded to police custody.
Earlier, the victim’s uncle had said that he had received a call threatening to kill him. After being burnt by the rape accused, the victim was first admitted to a Lucknow hospital but was later referred to Delhi.
According to eyewitnesses of the incident, despite being badly engulfed in flames, the victim courageously sought help from people nearby. According to an eyewitness, the victim walked for about 1 km and pleaded for help from the police.
In Lucknow, the IG (Law and Order) said that five accused who burnt the victim had been arrested. Two of them are accused of raping the victim last year. One of them was arrested at the time, but he had recently come out on bail. It was this accused person, out on bail, who got hold of some accomplices and tried to kill the victim by burning her alive.
The victim was attacked when she had just left her home in Unnao for the court in Rae Bareli where she had to attend the hearing of the case of her rape.
The victim is undergoing treatment in Delhi but her condition is critical. Dr Negi of the civil hospital, who is treating her, said, “The girl is in 90% burn condition. The next 48 to 72 hours are crucial for her.”
“She is in a restless and irritable state at the moment due to pain and her burn injuries. We are trying our best to manage the pain with antibiotics and sedatives. This is a crucial time for her survival,” said Dr Pradeep Tiwari, who referred had her to this hospital.