Yogi Adityanath: Unnao Woman’s Death “Saddening”, To Be Heard In Fast-Track Court :- While giving his condolence over the death of the Unnao rape survivor and condemning the heinous act by her perpetrators, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, today said that the case of the woman in Unnao who was set on fire by men accused of raping her will be heard by a fast-track court. He added that all accused have been arrested.
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The 23-year-old woman died of her burn injuries at a hospital in Delhi late last night. Yogi Adityanath said in a statement, “I am extremely saddened to hear of the woman’s death. The case will be heard in a fast-track court and strictest of punishment will be given to the culprits.”
The woman was assaulted, stabbed and set ablaze by her culprits when she was on her way to a Raebareli court on Thursday. She had suffered 90 percent burns and died of a cardiac arrest at the Safdarjung Hospital at 11:40 pm on Friday, where she had been air-lifted to from Unnao Civil Hospital, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday evening.
The woman’s body was transferred to the hospital’s forensic department where an autopsy was conducted. Her body is now being taken from Delhi to her village in Unnao, 506 km away, by road. According to the hospital sources, the autopsy reports will be given to the police.
Uttar Pradesh Justice Minister Brajesh Pathak said, “It is saddening that the victim is no more with us today. We will appeal to the concerned court today to take this case to fast-track court. We will also appeal to hear the case on a day to day basis.”
The deceased father said, “All I want from the government and the authorities is that either they should be hanged or they should be shot dead, like what happened near Hyderabad. I am not greedy. I don’t want any house to be made. I don’t want anything else.”
Her brother said that she told him that she wanted “to see the men dead”.
According to the police, the victim had filed a complaint with Unnao police earlier in March alleging that she had been raped at gun-point on December 12, 2018. The police officer SK Bhagat said, “Having been subsequently jailed, the alleged rapist, Shivam Trivedi, was released last week after securing bail. He and his co-accused Shubham Trivedi are among the five attackers.”
The woman was set afire by five men, including two of her alleged rapists, on Thursday morning when she was going to Rae Bareli to attend a court hearing in the rape case filed by her.
Meanwhile, all the five accused men were arrested from their homes.
The circumstances in which the woman’s rapist was released on bail are being questioned. So is the role of the police, who filed an FIR on her rape complaint in March, four months after she was allegedly gang-raped by the two men.