Unnao rape survivor in critical condition, minimal chance of survival


NEW DELHI: The condition of the rape survivor, who was set ablaze by five men in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao is in very critical condition and there are minimal chances of survival.

The rape survivor was airlifted from Lucknow’s SMC government hospital to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital on Thursday night.

The woman sustained 90 percent burn injuries and put on ventilator support.

"The Unnao rape victim is in very serious condition. There are minimal chances of survival. Now, we have put her on a ventilator," Sunil Gupta, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital said.

"She has suffered 90 percent of burn injuries. We are putting all our efforts to improve her condition," he added.

On Thursday, the 23-year-old rape survivor was set ablaze allegedly by five men while she was on her way to the local court to appear in the hearing of a rape case she had filed. The woman had filed a rape case in March this year, which is under trial at a local court in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao. 

According to the police, five men identified as Shubham, Shivam, Harishankar, Umesh and Ram Kishore, had allegedly thrown kerosene on the woman and set her ablaze.

In March, the woman was allegedly raped and the accused had been granted bail later. 

On Thursday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken cognizance of the incident and said that the treatment of the victim will be carried out on government expenses and strict action will be taken against the accused.

A fresh special investigation team (SIT) has also been constituted to probe the incident.

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