According to police, the incident occurred on Sunday evening, Feb 21, in Kannauj, some 250 km from Lucknow, where Altaf and two of his aides set the Dalit woman on fire.
Police said, "With severe burn injuries, the woman was being treated in a hospital, where her condition was critical."
"The Dalit woman, a resident of Tajpur town in Kannauj, was on her way to a shop, Altaf and his friends, also from the same town, intercepted her. After passing lewd remarks at the woman, they started molesting her," police said.
"As the woman raised an alarm, an irked Altaf, who was carrying a kerosene container, poured the oil on the woman and set her afire," a police officer added.
A case has been registered against the three men, who are absconding.