A 35-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and later set afire by three youths in Nidhauli area of Etah district, the third case of rape in Uttar Pradesh in the last two days.
The woman, a widow, was allegedly raped and set on fire by three youths belonging to an influential family in Sabhapur village when she was alone in her house along with her two minor children, police said.
Though no FIR had been lodged yet, senior superintendent of Police Laxmi Narain said that a written complaint has been lodged by the victim's brother-in-law Anil in this connection.
However, station house officer of Nidhauli Narendra Pal Singh ruled out rape and murder and said the woman had committed suicide.
The victim's brother Virseh said, "Five persons first tried to strangulate my sister and then raped her. Since my sister recognised them, they doused her with kerosene and set her ablaze. When she was nearly dead, they left the spot."
This is the third rape case reported in the state in the last two days.
A dalit girl was stabbed in the eyes allegedly by two youths when she resisted a rape attempt in Kannauj on Saturday.
In another incident, an 18-year-old dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Ranipur Beladi village in Basti.
Satti Singh allegedly raped the girl at gun point on Saturday night.
The rising number of rape cases have triggered protests by opposition parties in the state.
The Congress has slammed the Mayawati government over the law and order situation in the state saying it had lost its moral right to continue after such incidents.
"Mayawati should be ashamed. People expected more from a woman chief minister but she doesn't have a word of sympathy," state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi had said.
But an unfazed Mayawati government said there is no breakdown of law and order in the state and stern and prompt action was being taken against the culprits.