The death of a 23-year-old rape victim, who set herself on fire outside the office of Superintendent of Police (SP) in Unnao, India, has been announced.
According to India Today, the victim who poured kerosene on herself, set herself on fire, and walked into the office in flames, did it to protest against the police for not acting on her complaint against an accused rapist, Avadesh Singh.
She died on Saturday night. She claimed that he had promised to marry her, but was now refusing to acknowledge the relationship. A case of rape was registered against Avadesh Singh, but the latter had obtained anticipatory bail from the court.
The police had filed the charge sheet against the accused. The cops immediately doused the flames and took the woman to the district hospital from where she was referred to the Lal Lajpat Rai hospital in Kanpur. She suffered 70 per cent burns.
The doctors said she developed swelling in her abdomen and respiratory organs, and had been put on a ventilator since Saturday morning. According to SP Unnao Vikrant Veer, the woman was in a relationship with the accused for several years. She had lodged a complaint against him on October 2 , accusing him of having sexually exploited her.