Days after the horrific tragedy of the Unnao rape victim, who was set ablaze by her alleged perpetrators while she was travelling to the court, another incident involving the rape victim being burnt alive has come to the fore. The incident pertains to Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh where an 18-year-old was raped and subsequently set on fire by her assaulter.
When OpIndia contacted the Hosainganj Police Station, the police confirmed that the accused named as Mevalal has been arrested under the charges of Section 376(rape) and 307(attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The police mentioned that the victim’s brother has filed a complaint against the accused and a probe has been ordered in the case.
On Friday night, a man living in the neighbourhood in the Husainganj area of Fatehpur raped the teenager. However, on Saturday morning, when the victim’s family was about to take her to file a complaint against the perpetrator, the assaulter poured Kerosene on the victim and set her ablaze. The victim sustained 90 per cent burns and was admitted to the district hospital. She was later transferred to the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur and is currently in critical condition.
According to the victim, when she threatened the rapist of informing her family of the incident, the accused dragged her inside the room and set her on fire. Hearing the screams of the girl, the neighbours rushed to help the girl and douse the fire. She was rushed to the district hospital. Looking at the girl’s critical condition, doctors referred her to be transferred to the Kanpur hospital. According to the doctors at the district hospital, the girl had sustained 90 per cent burn injuries and only her lower legs remained unscathed.
The victim continued screaming in pain as reached the district hospital. When the district magistrate reached the hospital to record her statement, the victim continued saying, “Sir, I don’t want to die, please save me”.