Uttar Pradesh: Woman gang raped, then set on fire

Etah:  It is a state ruled by a woman but there is no end to crime against women in Uttar Pradesh. In yet another shocking incident, a woman was allegedly gang raped by five men who entered her house late last night.

The incident happened in the Prabhapur Village of Etah district when the victim, 35-year-old Anarkali, was dragged out of her house into the courtyard by the five men and raped. The woman was alone inside the house; her husband was away in Delhi.

After raping her, the men poured kerosene on Anarkali and set her on fire.

She was brought to the Etah district hospital where she was declared brought dead.

The police are not confirming rape as they are waiting for the autopsy report.

This comes just a few days after an 18-year-old girl Dalit girl was raped and a 14-year-old was stabbed in her eyes because she dared to fight off rapists.

The 14-year-old was dragged to the fields by two men from her Ghur-purwa village of Kannauj - Kuldeep and Niranjan - both Samajwadi Party workers. When she resisted, they punched her in the face, stabbed her in the eyes and fled. She was discovered in the fields by villagers and was later rushed to the district hospital.

In the second incident, the 18-year-old dalit girl was allegedly raped in Ranipur Beladi village in Basti. Satti Singh, the man who allegedly raped her at gunpoint, is still missing.

Speaking on these incidents, Chief Minister Mayawati said, "Our government made sure that no crime is committed in UP against any caste. If anybody has committed crime against a particular caste, our government has given punishment for the same to the guilty. I will make sure that the guilty gets punished even if he is a party member."

The Congress, meanwhile, today hit out at Mayawati claiming that she was trivialising the incidents and was not taking serious action to nab the accused.

Story First Published: June 20, 2011 08:50 IST

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