A 20-year-old private tutor was allegedly gangraped and then set on fire two days ago in Etawah, the home district of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, the police said on Friday.
The young woman is battling for life with 90% burn injuries at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences at Saifai.
According to the first information report lodged by the woman’s brother, her fiancé Farhan and four of his associates raped her and set her on fire. The complaint also names two women as accused.
Etawah senior superintendent of police Nilabja Choudhury, however, said there were reports the woman had set herself ablaze because a dowry demand of Rs 5 lakh from Farhan’s family had cast a shadow over their marriage.
The woman is a graduate, while Farhan is a mechanic, said a police official.
The police have not been able to make a single arrest in connection with Wednesday’s crime, the latest in a string of such violent attacks on women and children reported from across UP. “Efforts are on to nab the accused,” the SSP said.