NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – A 15-year-old girl has been raped and set on fire at her home in a village outside India’s capital city Delhi.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly raping and attempting to burn the girl to death on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in Tigri village, near the Delhi suburb of Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Guardian reported.
According to constable Yadram Singh of Bisrakh police station, the man had burns on his hands and was charged with several offences including rape, attempted murder, assault of a minor and causing grievous injury.
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The Monday’s attack is 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.
The girl was in critical condition with severe burns over most of her body and was being treated in a Delhi hospital, Singh said.
According to the reports in Indian media, she was suffering from burns on 95% of her body.
The girl’s parents found her with severe burns after hearing her screaming from the rooftop terrace a few hours before dawn.
The girl later told the police she was raped, beaten and then set on fire by a man she said had been stalking her for months.
On Monday, police in Mumbai said they were investigating whether a four-year-old girl whose body was dumped in bushes on the city’s outskirts had been raped before being killed, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
The girl reportedly went missing after becoming separated from her mother at a railway station on Sunday night.
Last week, three boys reportedly kidnapped a teenage girl from her home and raped her repeatedly in the northern state of Haryana and later in Delhi before she escaped.