INDIA: 19-yr-old suspect arrested for raping, setting ablaze 16-yr-old girl

INDIA: 19-yr-old suspect arrested for raping, setting ablaze 16-yr-old girl

Police in the eastern state of Jharkhand in India have arrested a yet-to-be named 19-year-old suspect for brutally raping and setting ablaze a 16-year-old girl who is now battling for her life.

According to local police, the victim who is being treated at a hospital in Berhampur, West Bengal suffered first-degree burns to 70 per cent of her body after being set on fire in a village in the Pakur district of Jharkhand on Friday.

Police also revealed that the incident is coming days after another teenager was burned to death in the same state.

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Last month, a court in India’s troubled Jammu and Kashmir state had charged five men including a retired government official over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl.

According to a court filing, the retired official identified as Sanji Ram had ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, Asifa, in January to terrorise members of her nomadic Bakerwal community into leaving Kathua district in the mainly Hindu Jammu division.

A charge sheet made public by the police also revealed that after her kidnap, the girl was heavily sedated, kept in a Hindu temple, and gang raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-January.


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