Etah (UP), Jun 20: A 35-year-old woman was raped and later set on fire by three youths in Nidhauli area of the district, the third case of rape in Uttar Pradesh in the last two days.
The woman, whose husband works in Delhi, was sleeping in her home, when three persons belonging to an influential family, Sunil Yadav, Suman Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav entered her house.
According to the woman's dying declaration given to the local Tehsildar, she was raped by Sunil Yadav, and after the act, kerosene was poured and her body set afire, said Brij Lal, Special DGP in Lucknow. SP Etah and DIG Aligarh visited the spot and a post mortem is being conducted by a panel of doctors.
The accused are still at large, Brij Lal said. 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. PTI