In a sudden and unexplained spurt in crime in Uttar Pradesh, five fresh cases of rape were reported since Sunday.
On Sunday, a 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped and burnt alive in Etah while a Dalit teenager was raped and killed in Gonda district. Another 12-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Sitapur on Monday.
Reports of rape also came from Firozabad and Kanpur.
This chain of incidents triggered angry outbursts from opposition parties, with the Samajwadi Party dubbing the state “balatkari pradesh (rapists’ state)”. Party president Akhilesh Yadav, from whose parliamentary constituency one such incident had been reported earlier, demanded a high-level probe into the incident.
In Etah district, 350 km west of Lucknow, five persons entered a woman’s house on Sunday night, took turns to rape her, and set her afire. Special director general (law and order) Brij Lal said on Monday three persons had been arrested in this case.
In Gonda district, 100 km east of Lucknow, a 12-year-old girl was raped and killed. She had been missing since June 17. On Sunday, a villager found her body in a sugarcane field.
Brij Lal said two of the accused have been arrested.
In the rape and murder case in Sitapur, 65 km north of Lucknow, no arrests were made till the time of going to press.
In Firozabad, 290 km west of Lucknow, a 14-year-old girl was raped in Sirsaganj village on Sunday night. An FIR has been registered and the Sirsganj police station’s station house officer has been suspended for not registering the case.
In Kanpur, a woman claimed she was held captive in a hotel for three days and gangraped, but the police denied it. In another case, a woman was shot at when she resisted a rape attempt in Farrukhabad district, 200 km west of Lucknow.
She is in a serious condition in hospital.
And in Aligarh, a woman complained that a policeman outraged her modesty in custody.