FOUR men in India have confessed to the murder and gang rape of a woman whose body they set on fire, police have said.
The charred remains of the 27-year-old vet were found underneath a bridge in the town of Shadnagar, near Hyderabad, on Thursday.
Inspector R. Venkatesh has now said four men arrested have confessed and are due to be charged on Saturday.
“Four people have been arrested and they have confessed to sexual assault with the victim,” he told CNN.
“Due to the sexual assault and the force, she became semi-conscious.
“They put her body in a lorry and took her to a different location where they put her body under the bridge and poured diesel fuel and petrol on her body and burnt her.”
The victim has not been named due to India’s strict laws on sex crime victims.
Her mother demanded that the culprits be burnt alive, the Times of India newspaper quoted her as saying.
The murder has led to thousands taking to the streets to protest against the murder, many comparing it to the rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012.
Police said medical evidence would be hard to obtain given the state of the body but that they were working on the assumption the victim had been raped.
The four accused were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, police said.
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The current case has also provoked outrage on social media with #HangRapists trending on Twitter in India.
On Saturday, around 30 protesters including college students rallied outside a police station in central Delhi, carrying placards demanding justice and an end to crime against women.
One of the protesters, student Kanchan Pal, 19, said: “Women are being raped everywhere, whether it is Delhi or Hyderabad or any other state. We don’t feel safe.”