Another teenager set alight after rape in India
RANCHI – A 17-year-old girl in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand is in a critical condition after she was raped and then set on fire.
Police say they have arrested a man in connection with the attack.
The girl is undergoing treatment in hospital after suffering 95% burn injuries, the BBC reported.
According to police, the accused wanted to marry the victim but she wasn’t ready so he attacked her on Friday in her relative’s house in a village in Pakur district. The accused lived close by.
The man waited until she was alone, then broke into the house and raped her before setting her alight.
It is the second such incident to be reported in Jharkhand in recent days – another teenage girl who police say was raped and burned alive died in the Chatra district on Sunday.
The girl was believed to have been abducted from her home while her parents were attending a wedding. She was raped by two men in a forested area near the village of Raja Kendua.
Police said the elders had ordered the accused rapists to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee (£550; $750) fine as punishment. They were so enraged they beat the girl’s parents then set her on fire.
Police have not indicated the two cases are connected. They come as India reels from a string of violent sexual crimes.
One of them involves an eight-year-old Kashmiri Muslim girl who was gang raped, drugged and murdered in January.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the trial of eight men, all of them Hindus, who have been arrested in the case must be held in Punjab because of the deep divisions between the communities.