An alleged rapist set his victim on fire along with her husband and their seven-year-old daughter.
The 32-year-old man allegedly attacked the woman in the city of Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on October 31 while she was alone at home.
He threatened her not to tell anyone and warned of “dire consequences”, according to Gwalior police superintendent Amit Sanghi.
However, the woman told her husband who then went to a police station and lodged a First Information Report (FIR), The Hindustan Times reports.
Sanghi said: “The accused came to know about it and he entered the victim’s house the same night and set the victim’s husband afire.
“When the woman and her seven-year-old daughter rushed to the rescue of the man, the accused also poured petrol on them and set them afire.”
The three of them were rushed to hospital with severe burns, and their condition is thought to be serious.
The suspect’s family told police he had also sustained burn injuries and had been admitted to a private hospital.
Officers are now searching private hospitals in Gwalior.
Sanghi added: “We are also inquiring about the accusations made by the victim that police at Thatipur police station did not lodge her rape complaint.”
Repeated demonstrations have taken place in India in protest at sexual violence against women.
One woman reported a rape every 15 minutes on average in the country in 2018, according to the latest government data released in January.
Last month, a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly raped for nearly two years gave birth to a baby girl – before both of them tested positive for HIV.
Gulo Santosh Gupta, a friend of the child’s uncle and 22-year-old textile unit worker, has been arrested for the horrifying crime in the city of Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat.