India rape victim dies after being ‘burned alive by gang of men’

Posted In: News Date:Dec 7th, 2019

A rape victim in India, whose alleged rapist stands accused of setting her on fire while she was on the way to court, has died in hospital, the doctor treating her has said.

The 23-year-old was on her way to board a train in the Unnao district of northern Uttar Pradesh state, to attend a court hearing on Thursday.

She was doused with kerosene and set on fire by a gang of men, including her alleged rapist, police say.

It is the second prominent case of violence against women in the past two weeks and has sparked public outrage in India.

Dr Shalabh Kumar, the head of burns and plastic department at New Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital said: “She suffered 95 per cent burns.”