Five men grabbed her at the railway station and dragged her to a field where she was doused with kerosene and set alight, say police.
After her death, a post-mortem examination of the body was conducted, hospital sources said, adding that its report would be handed over to the police.
"Rape toh hua nahi, jab hoga tab aana (Rape has not happened, come when it happens)", is what a cop at the police station told the woman.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who rushed to Unnao to meet the victim's family, took to twitter to blame the state government for its "hollow law and order mechanism" apart from society's collective failure that prevented justice from being delivered to the woman. "This is the demand of justice and people", she said. Her body was burned in a motorway underpass.
"I appeal to the UP government and the Centre to fast track this case and ensure that the perpetrators are hanged within a month", said Maliwal, who begun an indefinite hunger strike on December 3 to press her demand that rapists be hanged within six months of their conviction. She has also identified the accused. Heavy police presence has been deployed around the deceased woman's home in her village.
When the accused Shubham was released on bail while the probe in the matter was still on, he started chasing and threatening her.
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She suffered 90% burns anddiedduring treatment in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital.
Rahul Gandhi, leader of the Congress Party, lashed out at India's record on preventing gender violence: "India is known as the rape capital of the world". She and her family were repeatedly threatened to withdraw the case.
The fast unto death of Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, is continuing at the Samata site near Rajghat, with several demands including the execution of the sentence within 6 months in the rape cases.
Earlier in the day, family members of the rape victim agreed to perform her last rites following a negotiation with Lucknow Divisional Commissioner Mukesh Meshram and other senior police officials.
The Telangana High Court ordered authorities to preserve the bodies of the suspects and submit a video of the autopsies ahead of a court hearing set for Monday.
"And that takes real change, it's not as easy as passing a legal amendment to increase sentencing".