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Rape victim on her way to court doused in kerosene and set on fire

A 23-year-old rape victim was in a critical condition after being set on fire by a group of men, including two of her alleged attackers, as she travelled to court in northern India yesterday.

The attack came after thousands took to the streets of several Indian cities this week to protest against the rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet in Hyderabad.

They called for rape cases to be fast-tracked and for rapists to be given tougher punishments.

The rape victim was on her way to catch a train to the Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh when the mob doused her in kerosene and set her alight. Doctors at the Civil Hospital in the regional capital, Lucknow, said she had suffered 90pc burns.

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Police documents show the woman had filed a case with officers in Unnao, alleging she was raped at gunpoint in December 2018. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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