Rape victim set ablaze in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh succumbs to injuries at Jaipur hospital

The man accused of raping the woman was out on bail at the time of the incident. Police have taken him and one other person into custody and an investigation is underway

Press Trust of India March 07, 2021 00:10:19 IST
Rape victim set ablaze in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh succumbs to injuries at Jaipur hospital

File image of Rajasthan Police. PTI

Jaipur: A 30-year-old rape victim who was allegedly set on fire at her home in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh succumbed to her burn injuries at Jaipur's SMS Hospital on Saturday, police said.

Police have detained two people, including the rape accused, for questioning in the case.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the woman's family members. The police have taken into custody the man accused of raping the woman, who was out on bail, and one other person. The police have taken into custody two people, including the man who was accused of raping the woman, who was out on bail, and one other person

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced a relief of Rs 5 lakh to the dead woman's family members, an official statement said.

The woman was set on fire in the early hours on Thursday in the Hanumangarh's Goluwala police station area.

A man entered her house, sprinkled kerosene on the floor, knocked on the door and called the woman by her name. As she opened the door, the man dropped a burning stick on the floor, resulting in serious injuries to her, police had said.

The victim's maternal grandmother has alleged that Pradeep Vishnoi, the accused in her rape case, committed the crime.

However, police said an investigation into the case is on and his role is being examined. Police sources said the victim's maternal grandmother has alleged that Vishnoi had threatened the victim 15 days ago.

In CCTV footage, a person is seen moving away from the victim's house after the incident. The footage is not clear enough for identification and experts are looking into it.

Vishnoi is currently out on bail in the rape case and being interrogated over the victim's death.

DGP ML Lathar said the investigation is being done by a DSP-level officer under the supervision of Hanumangarh SP Priti Jain.

Police personnel trained in cyber technology have been included in the investigation team. Forensic experts are inspecting the crime spot, he added.

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