India rape victim kills attacker by dragging him into fire

 The woman survived with burns to her face and hands while the man died in hospital from his injuries.
The woman survived with burns to her face and hands while the man died in hospital from his injuries.PHOTO: AFP

KOLKATA (AFP) - An Indian woman who was raped and set on fire killed her attacker by dragging him into the flames, police said on Wednesday (March 6).

The woman survived with burns to her face and hands while the man died in hospital from his injuries.

The woman, who is a 35-year-old widow, told police that the man, 42, attacked and raped her in her home north of Kolkata in eastern India on Monday, when her daughters were out.

"Then he poured kerosene on her body and set her on fire," police officer Sajal Kanti Biswas told AFP, quoting the woman's statement.

India has a grim record of sexual violence, as highlighted by the gang rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012.

On average, more than 100 rapes were reported each day in 2016, according to the most recent official figures.

Victims are often threatened by the perpetrators against reporting the incidents to the authorities.

A slow judiciary and lax policing system also fail the victims, experts say.

In recent years, some incidents of victims taking drastic actions for "instant justice" have surfaced.

Last December, a 47-year-old woman cut off the penis of her stalker after the 27-year-old repeatedly sought sexual favours from the mother of two.