Since then, she has been the target of repeated attacks by men who remain at large. Police said they had cleared the men in the rape case and the subsequent allegations of acid-throwing.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, however, expressed doubts over the incident, saying it may have been staged to defame his government, even as opposition parties unleashed a barrage of criticism over the law and order situation in the state. In a press statement, the Lucknow SSP office said King George's Medical University doctors today conducted a forensic examination of the burn injuries the 45-year-old woman had received on her face and neck.
She was reportedly attacked while getting water from a pump outside a women's hostel in the city of Lucknow, according to the Guardian, despite being under "round-the-clock police protection".
The officer added Bhondu Singh and Guddu Singh, the two men accused of gang raping her and who were detained late on Saturday night, were found at their home in Rae Bareli's Unchahar, almost 100 kilometres from Lucknow. "But the FIR will have to be filed by the family, whom we have informed about the incident", he said.
"Since the Press Club was surrounded by hundreds of police personnel, they tried to have the press conference at another venue", said Pradeep More, the deputy director of Dalit Foundation and one of the organisers of the protest.
State Women Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, "There was a guard and some girls, who were there on the hostel roof, when the incident took place but none of them saw anyone".
"Be it the hostel warden or the girls, no one saw the attacker or anyone fleeing from there".
Alleging that the activists were planning to march later towards UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence, police said that the group had not acquired permission for that, therefore the precautionary arrests were made, said the police. Arrested at 1:30, they were set free at 5:30 after they obtained bail, Dalit activists were charged with Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which gives police the power to arrest anyone to prevent a cognisable offence.
"This is a total failure of law and order", Juhie Singh, a leader of the province's opposition Samajwadi Party said. "The BJP government fears a dalit uprising", he alleged.
"This Yogi led government in the UP is Jungleraj".