UP Rape victim on fire: Witness recalls a horrible sight

UNNAO: The vision of the rape victim on fire and running for help early Thursday caused chills in the spine of the local population.

Ravindra, who was sitting on the edge of the road, told reporters that he was so scared that he actually went to look up his stick

It was only when she approached that I discovered that she was severely burned, he said. She had been asking for help, he added.

Ravindra said he called the police and the woman herself spoke to them on the phone.

Police arrived soon and took her to the local community health center, she said.

She was later transferred to a district hospital and then to Lucknow.

The woman, who suffered 90 percent burn injuries, was transferred to Delhi at night to enter Safdarjung Hospital, authorities said.

Five men who allegedly set her on fire were arrested.

Two of them were accused of raping her last year. One of the two was arrested at the time, but recently released on bail, police said.

The rape victim was addressing Rae Bareli to attend a court hearing when she was attacked.

Inspector General (Law and Order) Pravin Kumar said in Lucknow that the police would seek a speedy trial in the case.