Unnao Rape Victim, Set On Fire A Year After Being Brutalised, Dies

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The Unnao rape victim died of cardiac arrest at 11:40 pm at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Friday night. She was admitted to a Lucknow hospital on Thursday with 90 per cent burns and was later shifted to Delhi for further treatment.

The Unnao rape victim, who was burned alive by five men on Thursday died at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Friday. The woman was admitted to a Lucknow hospital on Thursday with 90 per cent burns and was later airlifted to Delhi for further treatment. She died at 11:40 pm, the Sardurjung Hospital spokesperson confirmed.

“She [the Unnao rape victim] suffered a cardiac arrest at 11:10 pm and we tried to resuscitate her, but she could not survive and at 11:40 pm, she died,” Shalabh Kumar, HOD (burns and plastic), Safdarjung Hospital was quoted as saying by ANI.

The 23-year-old woman was attacked outside the Sindupur village in Unnao district when she was on her way to a court in Rae Bareli to attend a hearing in the rape case. The five men, who burnt her on Thursday, also included the two who were accused of raping the woman in December.

On Thursday, the victim had given her statement to the magistrate. In her statement, the Unnao rape victim had named five persons who burnt her. The woman had said that she was beaten up by the five men who then stabbed her and burned her alive.

Ablaze, the Unnao rape victim had to run for over 1 kilometre before she received help. Villagers in Sindupur, where she was burnt, told Aaj Tak that she walked up to a person who was working outside a house and sought help.

The victim then herself called 112 and informed the police about the incident. The PRV and ambulance arrived only after the victim’s call. She was taken to a local hospital in Lucknow with 90 per cent and was later shifted to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (Civil) Hospital.


The Unnao rape victim had on Friday told her family that she doesn’t want to die and wants to see the accused sentenced to death.

“Usne kaha ki bhahiya mujhe bacha lo, mujhe marna nahi hai. Jinhonne mere sath ye kiya hai, unhe mai maut ki saza paatey dekhna chahti hu [she told me that brother, please save me, I don’t want to die. Those who have done this to me, I want to see them getting a death sentence]” the brother of the Unnao rape victim told India Today TV.

Safdarjung Hospital had said the next 24-48 hours are really critical for her. She was on a ventilator.

Her family had alleged that their relatives have been getting death threats for pursuing this case.(India Today)

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