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JHARKAND, INDIA – A 10-year-old girl in India suffered burns to 60 percent of her body and was allegedly thrown into a well by two unidentified men after she resisted rape.

The girl was admitted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) burns wards in Jamshedpur. The police have recorded her statement.

The girl was playing outside her home in Seraikela-Kharsawan district’s Kandra village on Wednesday morning when two men turned up and tried to lure her away with candy, she said.

According to the police, when the girl refused, they picked her up by force and took her to a stone-crushing unit in the village. There the pair stripped her and tried to rape her. The 10-year-old told police that when she resisted and tried to escape, the men caught her, poured kerosene on her back, set ablaze and threw her into an abandoned well. Then they fled.

Severely burnt, the girl shouted for help. Luckily, her cries were heard by a woman who was passing by. Locals pulled the girl out and informed her parents and police, Indian newspaper reported.

India has witnessed dramatic increase in sexual violence and has caused an outrage across the country and overseas. In 2012, a 23-year-old Delhi student was gang-raped on a moving bus and later died in hospital.