A 15-year-old girl has been raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a village outside Delhi, 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 Delhi suburb of Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, according to constable Yadram Singh of Bisrakh police station.
Singh said 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. The girl was in critical condition with severe burns over most of her body and was being treated in a Delhi hospital, Singh said. Indian newspapers reported she was suffering from burns on 95% of her body.
Singh’s police report describes how 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 police she was raped, beaten and then set on fire by a man she said had been stalking her for months, Singh said. Read more