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Unnao rape case Latest Updates: Uttar Pradesh govt announces Rs 25 lakh financial assistance, house for victim's family
  • 19:29 (IST)

    Ravi Shankar Prasad appeals to CMs, high courts to complete investigation in rape cases involving minors within 2 months

    Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he would write to all chief ministers of state anc chief justices of high courts to ensure investigation in rape cases involving minors complete within two months.

    Speaking to ANI, Prasad said, "I am going to write to chief ministers of all states and chief justices of high courts to appeal that investigation in rape cases involving minors should complete within 2 months. I have issued necessary directions to my department as well."

    He also said that the Central and state governments have proposed for the constitution of 1023 new fast track courts across the country.

    "Out of these 1023, a consensus has been reached on 400 and more than 160 have already become operational. Also, 704 fast track courts were already operational," Prasad said.

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath govt responsible for death of Unnao rape victim, says Brinda Karat

    Senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat on Saturday lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the death of Unnao rape victim.

    "The Uttar Pradesh government should be held responsible for the incident. They are answerable for this grave crime. Where were the Uttar Pradesh government and the police when the victim wanted to file an FIR against the accused," asked Karat.

    Karat said: "The victim's sister was telling me that the police didn't file a case against the accused because they were from a rich family and the victim belonged to a poor family. Our system is so rotten that nobody stood with the victim."

    — ANI

  • 19:09 (IST)

    No punishment can be stricter than death for rapists, says Smriti Irani

    Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said no punishment can be stricter than the death penalty for rapists even as she appealed to parents to teach their children to respect women.


    She also said parents should be mindful of the portrayal of women before their children.


    "There are talks for enacting a provision of stricter punishment for rapists. The government has already come out with the provision of the death penalty. Nothing can be more severe than handing capital punishment (for rapists)," she said.

    — PTI

  • 19:06 (IST)

    Accused in rape cases shouldn't get bail, says Hyderabad veterinarian's sister

    Those accused of rape should not get bail, said the sister of the Telangana woman veterinarian, who was raped and killed by four accused last week.

    Speaking about the rape case in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, she said, "There has to be a full stop to such incidents. Justice should be delivered at the earliest, it shouldn't take years and the victim is killed in the meantime. Laws should be amended so that accused don't get bail in such cases."

    The Unnao rape victim died on Friday night at a Delhi hospital.

  • 18:51 (IST)

    NCP demands speedy trial of Unnao accused, change in law

    The NCP on Saturday demanded a trial in a fast-track court of the accused in the Unnao rape case after the victim woman, who was set ablaze on Thursday, died at a Delhi hospital.

    NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also asked if the accused were being shielded by the government machinery. "We want the accused to be arrested at the earliest and punished through trial in a fast-track court," Malik told reporters in Mumbai.

    — PTI

  • 18:39 (IST)

    Unnao rape victim died of extensive burn injuries: Postmortem report

    The postmortem of the Unnao rape victim showed that she died of extensive burn injuries, a senior doctor at the Safdarjung hospital told PTI. 

    The doctor said,"According to the postmortem report the victim died of extensive burn injuries."   "There was no indication of the presence of any foreign body, poisoning or suffocation on the body of the woman during postmortem conducted this morning,"  he added. 

  • 18:31 (IST)

    UP govt announces Rs 25L compensation for victim's family

    The Uttar Pradesh government announced Rs 25 lakh financial aid for the Unnao victim's family and also a house under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna.

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Delhi Police use water cannons on protesters

    According to ANI, police resorted to the use of water canons to disperse protesters in Delhi, who were holding a candle march to demand justice for the Unnao rape victim. The 23-year old victim died of burn injuries on Friday after fie people, including the rape accused, set her ablaze. 

  • 18:19 (IST)

    President's Rule must be imposed in UP, says SP's Ram Gopal Yadav

    On being asked about crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav told ANI: "Section 356 has been framed in Constitution, so that in case a state govt doesn't function as per the Constitution, then the government must be dissolved and President's Rule should be imposed in the state."

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Protesters hold candle march in Delhi, demand for justice

    A candle march is underway in Delhi to protest against the brutal attack on the Unnao rape victim who died of burn injuries on Friday night. The protesters are marching from Raj Ghat to India Gate and demanding for justice, reports ANI.

    The protesters also tried to jump barricades put up by the police. 

  • 17:52 (IST)

    BJP leaders face protesters en route Unnao rape victim's residence, say reports

    According to several reports, BJP leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and Kamal Rani Varun, as well as local MP Sakshi Maharaj, faced protesters in Unnao during their visit to the rape victim's residence.

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had rushed the BJP leaders to meet the victim's family following her death on Friday.

    ANI said that several of the protesters, who were members of the NSUI, the student wing of the Congress party, were detained by the police.

    ​Earlier on Saturday, Congress workers also protested outside the Uttar Pradesh BJP's headquarters in Lucknow. According to PTI, the police had used batons on the Congress workers.

    Meanwhile, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has alleged that the accused in the case are connected with the BJP and are being protected by the government.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    'Unnao's name has been maligned,' says local MP Sakshi Maharaj after meeting victim's family

    Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj said that the incident has maligned the city's name while stating that the BJP is in support of the victim's family.

    According to ANI, after visiting Unnao rape victim's residence, the Unnao MP said, "I along with my party are in support of the victim's family. I have been vocal about it in the Parliament as well. Culprits will be arrested. None will be spared. Unnao's name has been maligned."

    Earlier on Saturday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had alleged that the attackers in the case are connected with the BJP. She had also accused the Uttar Pradesh government of protecting them.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    No culprit will be spared, says BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya after visiting Unnao rape victim's residence

    "Whatever investigation the victim's family wants, we will do it. The names that have been taken by the victim, action will be taken against them. No culprit will be spared. It is not a subject of politics." said BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, who visited the Unnao rape victim's residence along with Kamal Rani Varun.

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had rushed the two ministers to Unnao following the death of the Unnao rape victim on Friday night to meet the victim's family.

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Accused must be hanged at the earliest, says father of Hyderabad veterinarian on Unnao rape victim's death

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice: Rahul Gandhi on Unnao rape victim's death

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condoled the death of the Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze and said another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice.

    "The saddening and heart-wrenching death of the innocent daughter of Unnao, that has shamed humanity, has left me angered and stunned. Another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice and security," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

    "In this hour of grief, I express my condolences to the victim's family," he tweeted with the hashtag 'Beti Ko Nyay Do'.

    — PTI

  • 16:19 (IST)

    'Justice should never take the form of revenge,' says CJI SA Bobde

    Amid demands that the accused in the Unnao rape and murder case too should be 'shot dead' as in the Hyderabad rape and murder case, CJI SA Bobde said that justice is never ought to be 'instant' and should never take the form of 'revenge'.

    Speaking at an event in Rajasthan, CJI Bobde said, "Justice is never ought to be instant. Justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character when it becomes revenge. There is a need in the judiciary to invoke self-correcting measures but whether or not they should be publicised is a matter of debate," he said.

    Though CJI Bobde was not referring to the demands for instant death to accused in the Unnao rape and murder case, his remarks assume significance after the father of the rape victim demanded that the accused in the case be 'shot dead or hanged to death'.

     

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Mayawati urges SC to take cognisance of rising incidents of crime against women, says 'not a day when rape doesn't take place'

    BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance of the growing incidents of crime against women and direct the Centre to take prompt steps for effectively checking them.

    "If the Supreme Court takes note of the growing cases of crime against women on its own and direct the Centre to take action, I think then it (Centre) would come into action mode," the BSP chief said.

    "Parliament is in session and the Central government need to take cognizance of these cases and frame strict law for controlling it, but the Centre does not seem to be in action mode. My party wants the Supreme Court to take it seriously. First Hyderabad and now in Unnao, such cases have been taking place continuously," she said.

    Launching a scathing attack on the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, she said incidents of rape, murder and molestation are taking place all over the country, but in UP, such cases have been "excessive".

    "It is a matter of deep regret that during the past some years, especially since the BJP government has come to power, women are not safe. This is not the only incident, in UP I said it yesterday also that there is not a day when there is not an incident of rape and murder, attempt to rape or molestation," Mayawati said at a press conference here.


    The BSP president asked the UP government to ensure "proper justice" to the family of Unnao rape victim.

    — PTI

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Congress workers protest in Lucknow over death of Unnao rape victim 

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Two UP ministers to leave for Unnao immediately 

    On the direction of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, ministers Kamal Rani Varun and Swami Prasad Maurya are to leave immediately for Unnao to meet family of rape victim. 

  • 14:52 (IST)

    'Unnao rape victim's death shameful, hope UP govt hangs culprits': Arvind Kejriwal tweets in Hindi

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday called the death of the rape victim from Unnao "shameful" for every Indian and said he hoped that the Uttar Pradesh government will hang the culprits "to set an example" for the society.

    The rape victim, who was airlifted to a Delhi hospital after she was set ablaze allegedly by five persons, including two men accused of raping her, died on Friday night.

    "The death of Unnao's daughter is shameful for every Indian. God give courage to the family of the victim. The whole country is standing with them in this fight. I hope that the UP government will soon complete the judicial process and hang our daughter's killers that will set an example for the whole society," Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Rise in violence, atrocities against women: Rahul Gandhi condemns BJP-led centre 

    Congress leader​ Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condemned the BJP-led government at the Centre for the alleged rise in violence across the country, particularly against women.

    "You have seen the increase in violence across the country. Lawlessness, atrocities against women. Everyday we read about a girl getting raped and molested." he said. Violence against minority communities and Dalits is also increasing, Gandhi alleged while speaking at Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) convention in Wayanad.

    "The reason for the increasing lawlessness is the breakdown of the institutional structures. It is because the man who is running the country believes in violence and indiscriminate use of power," Gandhi alleged.

    -PTI

  • 14:30 (IST)

    UP becoming rape capital, total collapse of law and order in state: Congress

    The Congress on Saturday attacked the BJP-led UP government over the death of the Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze, alleging that the law and order situation has "completely collapsed" in the state which is becoming the country's "rape capital".

    Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate also demanded strict action against the accused in the case. The rape victim from Unnao, who was airlifted to a Delhi hospital after she was set ablaze allegedly by five persons, died on Friday night.

    Attacking the state government, Shrinate said it is "not the first and this will not indeed be the last case if you (UP government) don't wake up. The UP government seems to be in a dying hurry to become the rape capital".

    "More than assurance, UP govt needs to strengthen the law and order situation in the state. Our straight question is to UP police that why FIR was not registered in four months and why the accused were left out on bail," Shrinate told reporters.

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Mayawati arrives in Lucknow to meet UP governor

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati arrives at Raj Bhavan in Lucknow to meet Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel over rising cases of crimes against women in the state.

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Yogi rushes two ministers to Unnao

    CNN-News18 reports Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath rushes two ministers to Unnao after Opposition government leaders slam the BJP-led state government of not doing enough for law and order situation in the state. 

  • 14:05 (IST)

    Why was Unnao victim not given protection despite precedence of attack in Kuldeep Sengar case, asks Priyanka Gandhi 

    Priyanka Gandhi said the UP government did not provide security to the Unnao gang rape victim even though a similar incident had earlier taken place in the same district. In a tweet, Priyanka said: "Why the victim of Unnao gangrape case was not given security keeping in mind an earlier incident of Unnao? What action has been taken on the police official who refused to register an FIR? What steps are being taken by the government to stop crime against the women, which take place on a daily basis?"

  • 14:03 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi says UP govt shielded accused for over a year as they had links in BJP 

    Priyanka Gandhi, who reached Unnao to meet the family of the victims, alleged that the accused in case — all four of them upper caste Brahmins — had links within the ruling BJP, which insulated them from police action. "Victim's whole family has been constantly harassed since last year. I have heard that the culprits have some BJP connection. That is why they were being shielded. There is no fear among criminals in the state," 

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Woman protesting Unnao rape douses her 6-yr-old daughter in petrol

    A woman protesting against Unnao rape case, threw petrol on her 6 year old daughter, outside Safadrjung hospital. The girl has been taken to emergency for the treatment, and the woman has been taken into custody by police, ANI reported. 

  • 13:23 (IST)

     Priyanka Gandhi meets victim's kin, attacks UP govt for 'failing' law and order situation 

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Police did not help us at all: Unnao woman's father

    There is deep sorrow and acute anger in the native village of the Unnao rape victim in Bihar police station area here since the time the locals received news of her death in a Delhi hospital.
     
     
    Sitting on the doorstep of their house, the victim's father was categorical in saying that he demands justice on the lines the Hyderabad case. "I want to see the accused persons being chased and shot dead," he said. "I do not want money or any other kind of help. I want to see that the accused are chased and shot dead like the Hyderabad encounter or hanged to death."
     
     
    When asked if anyone had come forward to ensure them justice, he said neither any MLA nor official has tried to help them. "The accused persons had used money power to deny justice to us. My case was not lodged and it was only after the court's directive that it was registered," he said.

  • 12:38 (IST)

    We will not spare the culprits: UP Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya

    "This is an extremely unfortunate incident, I can't even imagine what the family of the victim is going through. I assure them that we will not spare the culprits, will get them punished at the earliest," UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya was quoted as saying by ANI

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Day after Unnao rape survivor was set ablaze, youth arrested for trying to rape three-year-old in Makhi area of the district

    A day after a rape victim was set on fire by five men, including her two alleged rapists, in the district, a man tried to sexually assault a three-year-old girl in the Makhi police station area near Unnao on Friday, said police. ​Makhi police station in-charge Raj Bahadur said a youth belonging to a village neighbouring the girl's lured her to an agricultural field and tried to rape her. 

    But the people rushed to the field after hearing the girl's cries and rescued her from the "rapist's" clutches, he said.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    ‘Save me, I want to stay alive’, Unnao rape victim told doctors in Delhi 

    “Will I make it out alive? Please save me.” These were the words uttered by the 23-year-old woman who was set ablaze in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, at Safdarjung Hopsital on Thursday night, a day before she succumbed to burn injuries.

    Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr. Sunil Gupta said: “She was conscious when she was brought here last night at 8 p.m. and was speaking, though very feebly. She told us repeatedly not to let the accused go free. She asked the doctors if she will make it out alive. She told them, “Save me, I want to live.” 

    The woman was set afire while on her way to testify against the two men who had allegedly raped her. The two and three others were involved in the attack. One of the two men accused of raping her last year was granted bail 10 days back. The other man had been on the run.

    The woman had shown extreme courage as after she was set afire, she ran on foot towards the nearest population and walked for 1 kilometre before she could find help. The sight of the rape victim set afire and running for help early Thursday sent shivers down the spine of local people.  Ravindra, who sitting by the roadside then, told reporters that he was so frightened that he actually went to pick up his stick. “It was only when she came nearer that I found she was severely burnt,” he said. She had been calling out for help, he added.​ Ravindra said he called police and the woman herself talked on them on the phone.

     

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav demands Yogi Adityanath, UP DGP's resignation

    Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sat on a 'dharna' outside the Vidhan Bhavan in Lucknow on Saturday, after the death of the Unnao rape victim in Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Accompanied by senior party leaders, Yadav squatted before the main entrance of the Vidhan Sabha to protest the Unnao incident. Yadav has demanded, "Till the day Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, state Home Secretary and DGP don't resign, justice will not be done. Tomorrow we will conduct a shokh sabha in all districts of the state over Unnao rape case. "

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Body of Unnao victim being moved to her home town for last rites

    The body of the Unnao rape victim is being taken to her village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh by road, the family said Saturday. An ambulance carrying the body left Safdurjung Hospital in Delhi a short while ago.
     
     
    Earlier today, Ghaziabad Additional District Magistrate Shailendra Kumar Singh had said the administration was ready to airlift or take the body by road to her village.

  • 12:06 (IST)

    NCW chief Rekha Sharma meets Unnao victim's family

    National Commission for Women (NCW) Chief Rekha Sharma today met the family of Unnao rape victim at the Safdarjung Hospital where the Unnao rape victim had died due to a cardiac arrest yesterday night.

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi slams UP govt for Unnao victim's death

    Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has attacked the Yogi Adityanath government over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh after the death of the Unnao rape victim. 

    Priyanka questioned as to why atrocities on women were rampant in the state and given the previous incident in Unnao, why no protection was given to the victim. "Keeping in mind the previous incident of Unnao, why did the government not give immediate protection to the victim? What action was taken against the officer who refused to register her FIR?

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav sits on a dharna outside UP Assembly

    Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav along with his party colleagues sat on a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan in Uttar Pradesh against the inaction in Unnao rape case. In a symbolic move, the Samajwadi Party leader started his protest at 11.40 pm, exactly 12 hours after the victim breathed her last after being set ablaze by her rapists. 

  • 11:41 (IST)

    Victim's body to be taken home for final rites 

    NDTV reported quoting sources within the family that the Unnao victim's family will take her body to their home town for last rites. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi is scheduled to meet the family today; she has already left for the city roughly 65.2 kilometres from Lucknow. 

  • 11:27 (IST)

    After Unnao, Hyderabad rape and murder cases, MHA reminds all states, registration of zero FIR must in all rape cases

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath expresses grief on death of Unnao victim, says case will be tried in a fast track court 

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over death of Unnao rape victim. CM has said all accused have been arrested and the case will be taken to fast-track court. 

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Postmortem of Unnao victim underway at Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi

    Postmortem of the Unnao rape victim is being conducted under the leadership of Dr MK Wahi, Head of Department of Forensic unit. ANI repored that the Uttar Pradesh Police and Delhi Police are completing paper work, but they will not be part of the forensic procedure.  

  • 11:05 (IST)

    'We will bury her, not much left to burn,' says victim's brother

    Speaking to India Today, the brother of the Unnao victim said  that the family will bury the body, as there's nothing left to burn. The young woman suffered more than 90 per cent burns after being set ablaze on Thursday, and was airlifted to Delhi for treatment. She died after naming the accused in the case. 

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi to visit Unnao, meet rape vitim's family

    Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi will visit Unnao and meet the family of the rape victim, who was burnt alive by the men accused of raping her. Priyanka has left from Lucknow for Unnao. 

  • 10:48 (IST)

    Rape victim, set ablaze by her rapists, breathed her last at 11.40 pm yesterday

    The 23-year-old Unnao rape victim who was airlifted to Delhi and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital with 90 per cent burns after being set on fire has died, hospital sources said.  
     
     
    After battling for life for almost 40 hours, the woman died following a cardiac arrest at 11.40 pm on Friday night, they said.
     
     
    "Despite our best efforts, she did not survive," said Dr Shalab Kumar, Head of Burns and Plastic Surgery Department at the hospital. Her condition deteriorated towards the evening. She had a cardiac arrest around 11:10 pm. We tried to resuscitate her, but she passed away around 11:40 pm," he said. 

Unnao rape case Latest Updates:  Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he would write to all chief ministers of state and chief justices of high courts to ensure investigation in rape cases involving minors complete within two months.

He also said that the Central and state governments have proposed for the constitution of 1023 new fast track courts across the country of which 160 are already operational.

The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex gratia of Rs 25 lakh and a house for the family of Unnao rape victim. The government also assured that the trial will take place in a fast-track court.

According to ANI, police resorted to the use of water cannons to disperse protesters in Delhi, who were holding a candle march to demand justice for the Unnao rape victim. The 23-year old victim died of burn injuries on Friday after fie people, including the rape accused, set her ablaze.

BJP leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and Kamal Rani Varun, as well as local MP Sakshi Maharaj, were heckled by protesters in Unnao during their visit to the rape victim's village. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had rushed the BJP leaders to meet the victim's family following her death on Friday at a Delhi hospital.

ANI said that several of the protesters, who were members of the NSUI, the student wing of the Congress party, were detained by the police.

​Earlier on Saturday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had alleged that the attackers in the case are connected with the BJP. She had also accused the Uttar Pradesh government of protecting them.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condoled the death of the Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze and said another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice.

"The saddening and heart-wrenching death of the innocent daughter of Unnao, that has shamed humanity, has left me angered and stunned. Another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice and security," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance of the growing incidents of crime against women and direct the Centre to take prompt steps for effectively checking them.

"If the Supreme Court takes note of the growing cases of crime against women on its own and direct the Centre to take action, I think then it (Centre) would come into action mode," the BSP chief said.

Congress leader​ Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condemned the BJP-led government at the Centre for the alleged rise in violence across the country, particularly against women. "You have seen the increase in violence across the country. Lawlessness, atrocities against women. Every day we read about a girl getting raped and molested." he said. Violence against minority communities and Dalits is also increasing, Gandhi alleged while speaking at Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) convention in Wayanad.

"The reason for the increasing lawlessness is the breakdown of the institutional structures. It is because the man who is running the country believes in violence and indiscriminate use of power," Gandhi alleged.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati arrives at Raj Bhavan in Lucknow to meet Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel over rising cases of crimes against women in the state. According to reports Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath rushes two ministers to Unnao after Opposition government leaders slam the BJP-led state government of not doing enough for law and order situation in the state.

Priyanka Gandhi, who reached Unnao to meet the family of the victims, alleged that the accused in case — all four of them upper caste Brahmins — had links within the ruling BJP, which insulated them from police action. "Victim's whole family has been constantly harassed since last year. I have heard that the culprits have some BJP connection. That is why they were being shielded. There is no fear among criminals in the state,"

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday questioned the Uttar Pradesh government as to why the Unnao gangrape victim was not given security keeping in mind a similar incident that took place earlier in the same district.

There is deep sorrow and acute anger in the native village of the Unnao rape victim in Bihar police station area here since the time the locals received news of her death in a Delhi hospital. Sitting on the doorstep of their house, the victim's father was categorical in saying that he demands justice on the lines the Hyderabad case.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav along with his party colleagues sat on a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan in Uttar Pradesh against the inaction in Unnao rape case.

The Unnao gang-rape survivor who was set ablaze by five people on Thursday, died at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi following a cardiac arrest on Friday night, hospital sources said.

"Despite our best efforts, she did not survive. Her condition deteriorated towards the evening. She had a cardiac arrest around 11.10 pm. We tried to resuscitate her, but she passed away around 11.40 pm," said Dr Shalab Kumar, Head of Burn and Plastic Surgery at the hospital.

She died on a day when all the four accused in the gang-rape and murder case of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad were killed in an 'encounter' with the Telangana police, triggering a flood of reactions across the spectrum – ranging from appreciation to condemnation.

The Unnao rape victim was set on fire by five men, including her two alleged rapists on Thursday morning when she was going to Rae Bareli to attend a court hearing in the rape case filed by her.

She had suffered more than 90 percent burns and was airlifted to Delhi after being shifted from a local hospital to Lucknow. The Delhi Traffic Police had provided a "green corridor" for hindrance-free movement of the ambulance carrying her from the airport to the hospital.

Earlier on Friday, Dr Kumar had described her condition "extremely critical". She was put on ventilator and her vitals were very low, he had said.

One of the two men accused of raping her in 2018 was granted bail 10 days back. The other man had been on the run. All the five men involved in the Thursday morning attack were arrested within hours of the crime.

In a tweet, the Uttar Pradesh police had said the victim had lodged an FIR alleging that she had been raped between 19 January and 12 December, 2018, by one of the accused on the pretext that he would marry her.

The accused was arrested then and got out on bail on 25 November, 2019, police said. They had added that the probe into the incident is being conducted in a scientific manner and the circumstantial evidence collected.

In a chilling recap, the woman had said in her statement to Sub Divisional Magistrate Dayashankar Pathak that she was attacked when she reached Gaura turn near her home.

Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam Trivedi and Shubham Trivedi set her afire, she had said.

She alleged that Shivam and Shubham Trivedi had abducted and raped her in December, 2018. The FIR, however, was registered in March, 2019.

The sight of the woman running for help down an Unnao road sent shivers down the spine of local people. Ravindra, a local resident sitting by the roadside, said he called the police and the woman herself talked to them on phone.

Unnao has been in the spotlight after another young woman had accused former BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar of raping her in 2017, when she was 17 years old.

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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2019 19:37:53 IST