An alleged rapist set his victim on fire along with her husband and their seven-year-old daughter.
The 32-year-old man allegedly assaulted the woman when she was alone at home in the town of Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on 31 October.
According to Gwalior Police Superintendent Amit Sanghi, he threatened her not to tell anyone and warned of “dire consequences.”
The Hindustan Times report, however, the woman told her husband, who then went to a police station and submitted a First Information Report ( FIR).
Sanghi said: “The accused came to know about it and the same night he entered the house of the victim and set the victim’s husband on fire.”
“When the woman and her seven-year-old daughter ran to the man’s aid, the defendant also poured petrol on them, setting them on fire.”
The three of them were rushed with extreme burns to a hospital, and their condition is presumed to be critical.
The family of the suspect told police that he had suffered burn injuries as well and was admitted to a private hospital.
Private hospitals in Gwalior are now being searched by police.
“We are also inquiring about the claims made by the survivor that the police at Thatipur police station have not lodged their rape complaint,” Sanghi added.
In protest against sexual harassment against women, repeated protests have taken place in India.
According to the latest government data released in January, one woman registered an average rape every 15 minutes in the country in 2018.