Lucknow: In a sudden spurt in crime against women in Uttar Pradesh, at least five fresh cases of rape were reported since Sunday triggering angry outbursts from opposition parties, with SP dubbing the state as a "balatkari pradesh".

In a gruesome act, a 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped and burnt alive in Etah while a Dalit teenager was raped and killed in Gonda district. The rest two incidents of alleged rape were reported from Firozabad and Aligarh, where a woman complained that a policeman outraged her modesty in custody.
    
Police said five persons barged into the house of the woman, named Anarkali on Monday night in Nidhauli area in Etah district and one of them allegedly raped her and later burnt her alive.


An FIR has been lodged and SHO, Nidhauli, Narendra Pal Singh has been removed from his post. Singh had initially ruled out rape and murder and said the woman had committed suicide.
    
"Around 2.30 am five persons strayed into the house of Shishupal Yadav. Hoever, the woman identified three as Sunil Yadav, Suman Yadav and Raveesh Yadav," Special Director General of Police Brij Lal told reporters here. He said that as per the statement given by the woman, Sunil raped her.
   
The victim's brother Virseh said, "Five persons first tried to strangulate my sister and then they raped her. Since my sister recognized them, they doused her with kerosene and set her ablaze. When she was nearly dead, they left the spot."
   
In another incident, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Bakhari Khurd village in Sadarpur area of Sitapur district by some unidentified persons, police said.

Congress slams Mayawati

Concerned over the "rapidly deteriotating" law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh,SP dubbed the state as a "balatkari pradesh", joining chorus with Congress which questioned Chief Minister Mayawati's moral authority to continue in office, but avoided queries on whether President's rule be imposed in the state.
     
Alleging that the spate of terrible atrocities against women are still continuing in Uttar Pradesh, party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters, "Despite being a woman, the Chief Minister has not shown an iota of seriousness."
     
She alleged that the incidents were a "blot on any civil society" and on the government". The situation has degenerated into such an "anarchy" that women cannot walk
safely on the streets, she said, adding that the CM had taken "no action at all".
     
Questioning CM's moral authority to continue in office, she asked Mayawati to take immediate steps to maintain law and order.
     
When asked whether Uttar Pradesh, where Assembly elections are due early next year, was a fit case for President's rule, she said, "It is a Constitutional issue and it is not for me to comment on what the governor should do".

(JPN/Agencies)