A Woman In India Was Burned On Her Way To Her Own Rape Trial

A 23-year-old woman in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was set on fire on Thursday as she moved to testify at the trial of two men accused of raping her, according to police.

The unidentified woman told the agents that she was attacked on the way to the railway station in Unnao, where she and the alleged rapists are from, according to local police officer Gaurav Kumar Tripathi.

The woman is in critical condition with burns in 90% of her body, according to Dr. Pradeep Tiwari of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Lucknow.


The woman told police that the two men, accused of raping her in March, were involved in Thursday's attack, along with their respective parents and a nephew. One of the two accused rapists was on bail, and the other had fled, police told CNN.

The woman was going to travel to the city of Rae Bareli, where the alleged rape took place in March, for the trial.

No official charges have been filed for Thursday's attack, but the five men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and criminal intimidation, according to the woman's account of the incident.

On Wednesday, the president of the Delhi Women's Commission, Swati Maliwal, blamed the holes in the legal system that allowed bail for dangerous perpetrators.

"There are so many times that violations have occurred, and these violations have happened by people who were already convicted of rape or who were already involved in a rape case and were released on bail," he said. "How the systems are secured so far, how the losses are secured so far. There are no systems."

Maliwal spoke with CNN after the group rape and the murder of a 27-year-old woman in the city of Hyderabad last week.

India is dealing with an endemic problem of sexual violence against women.

Sexual assaults in India have been seen in the past as a social and cultural problem rather than as a concern for law enforcement, according to women's rights activists, since existing laws do not protect women.