Indian teenage girl raped, set ablaze

indian-policeA fifteen-year old girl was fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital yesterday after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a village outside the city, police said.

The attack is just one of several recently reported cases of rape against women or children in India – underlining the persistence of such violence despite a public outcry three years ago that led to stronger laws to prevent sexual assault.

In the latest case, police arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly raping and attempting to burn the girl to death on Monday in Tigri village, near the New Delhi suburb of Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, according to Yadram Singh, of the Bisrakh police station.

Singh said the man “had severe burns on his hands” and was charged with several offences, including rape, attempted murder, assault of a minor, and causing grievous injury.

The girl was in critical condition in a New Delhi hospital, Singh said.

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