Rape victim set on fire by accused in UP

The girl, who suffered 80 per cent burns, died late on Tuesday night.

A 19-year-old Dalit rape victim was allegedly set on fire by two persons — the rape accused and father of another accused — in Sambhal district on Tuesday morning. The girl, who suffered 80 per cent burns, died late on Tuesday night.

In her statement, the girl named two persons — Rajendra Yadav and Vijay. No arrests have been made yet.

According to Station House Officer, Gunnaur police station, R K Singh Chauhan, the girl had lodged a rape case in July last year against three persons — Yadav’s son Mukesh, Vijay and Om Prakash.

While Vijay was arrested and sent to jail, he was released on bail in April. Both Om Prakash and Mukesh are reported to be absconding. A few months ago, the police had attached the Prakash and Mukesh’s properties on the orders of the court.

The girl’s brother said Mukesh’s father and other relatives had been putting pressure on the victim, asking her to change her statement.

According to the SHO, the girl was alone in her house at around 11 am Tuesday when Yadav and Vijay allegedly sneaked inside after scaling the boundary wall. They allegedly doused her with kerosene oil and set her on fire. The duo then reportedly fled while the girl ran outside.

The girl was taken to the community health centre in Gunnaur area, from where she was referred to Aligarh medical college, said Circle Officer, Gunnaur area, Pramod Kumar.

Meanwhile, Sambhal SP Atul Saxena suspended Sub-Inspector Anil Kumar, in-charge of Junawai police outpost, on charges of dereliction of duty.