A 16-year old Indian girl who was raped and then set on fire on the roof of her home has died, police said Wednesday, the latest in a string of horrific sexual crimes in India.
The teenager, who sustained more than 90 percent burns in Monday’s attack, died in hospital early Wednesday, the investigating officer told AFP. “Unfortunately she could not be saved despite the best efforts of the medical staff,” said Ashwani Kumar. “We have arrested the accused, who is 19 years old and sent him to judicial custody. “An investigation is on to find out more about the motive and details of the crime,” he said.
The accused has been charged with a slew of offences including rape and murder, Kumar said. “The body has been sent for postmortem. We are waiting for the report.” Media reports quoted the girl’s father as saying the suspect lived nearby in their village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and that he had been harassing his daughter for a year despite several warnings. Women’s rights activists accuse police of often overlooking complaints of stalking, which they say only emboldens the perpetrators. The fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 shone a global spotlight on the frightening levels of violence against women in India which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. (AFP)