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Indian girl dies after being raped, set ablaze

Indian activists have increasingly called for more accountability for rape and violence against women PHOTO: REUTERS

Indian activists have increasingly called for more accountability for rape and violence against women PHOTO: REUTERS

A teenager, who was raped before she was set on fire on the roof of her family’s home, has died of her injuries in a New Delhi hospital, police said.

The 16-year-old had been fighting for her life after suffering more than 90 per cent burns in Monday’s attack, which occurred in a village outside the capital.

“Unfortunately, she could not be saved despite the best efforts of the medical staff,” Ashwani Kumar, an investigating officer told the AFP news agency yesterday.

He also confirmed the arrest of a 19-year-old man who is suspected of carrying out the attack.

“We have arrested the accused, who is 19 years old and sent him to judicial custody,” he said, adding that “an investigation is on to find out more about the motive and details of the crime”.

The Indian paper Hindustan Times identified the suspect as Ajay Kumar and quoted police as saying that he would face murder charges.

Media reports quoted the girl’s father as saying a neighbour in their village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh had been harassing his daughter for a year despite several warnings.



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