Rape victim set ablaze on way to court in India by alleged rapist and gang

Uncategorized Faizah Kamal 05-Dec-2019

A 23-year-old rape victim was set ablaze by a gang of men, including the alleged rapist. She was on her way to court in northern India on Thursday, police said.

This has stirred public outrage and shame over the scourge of crimes against women. During the past week, thousands of Indians have protested in several cities following the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet near the southern city of Hyderabad.

Protesters and parliamentarians are pressing for courts to fast-track rape cases and demanding tougher penalties.

The woman attacked and burned on Thursday morning was in a critical condition, according to D.S. Negi, a doctor at the Civil Hospital in Lucknow, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.