A woman, who had survived a brutal gangrape earlier in March, was set ablaze by five men, accused in the case in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district in Indian when she was on her way to a local court for a hearing on the matter.
The men took her outside her village and into the fields and doused her in petrol before setting her on fire.
After being informed by the locals of the gruesome incident, Police rushed to the spot and the woman was admitted to a nearby government hospital. She was later referred to a Lucknow hospital as her condition worsened.
According to the news medium, five men including two of her alleged rapists have been arrested on suspicion of setting her on fire, police say.
The incident occurred in Unnao district, which was recently in the news over another rape case.
Police opened a murder investigation against a ruling party lawmaker in July after a woman who accused him of rape was seriously injured in a car crash.
Two of her aunts were killed and her lawyer was injured.
The latest incident has sparked widespread outrage in India, which is still reeling under a shocking murder and rape case that grabbed headlines just under a week ago.
A 27-year-old vet in the southern city of Hyderabad was raped and set on fire on 27 November.
Protests were held across the country after the victim’s charred remains were found following her disappearance last week.