INDIAN WOMAN SET ON FIRE ON HER WAY TO TESTIFY AGAINST ALLEGED RAPISTS


07/12/2019




İrem UZUN -TDO-   A 23-year-old woman in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was set on fire Thursday as she traveled to testify at the trial of two men accused of raping her, according to police. The unidentified woman told police she was attacked on the way to the railway station in Unnao.

She had to walk more than half a mile to get help - and was still partially ablaze when she found local villagers, according to the report. Five men had attacked her, she told police - including the two men out on bail for the alleged rape whom she was due to give evidence against in court that day, the outlet said.

Police arrested five men for the attack Thursday, including the two who were accused of her alleged rape in March, the reports said. One of the men tricked her into thinking he was going to propose marriage, just to rape her with one of his friends, the Times of India said, citing local police

Sexual assault in India has in the past been seen by authorities as more of a social and cultural issue rather than a concern for law enforcement, according to women's rights activists, with existing laws failing to protect women.


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