Another 17-year-old girl has been raped and burnt in India, coming days after a sixteen-year-old girl was gang raped and burnt to death in the same Jharkhand, where the first assault took place. The latest victim reportedly suffered 95% burn injuries, police told BBC.
A man has been arrested for the attack, the police said. “The accused told us that he wanted to marry the victim but she wasn’t ready,” police officer Shailendra Barnwal said. They added that he attacked her on Friday in her relative’s house in a village in Pakur district. The accused lived close by.
According to the police, he waited until she was alone, then broke into the house and raped her before setting her alight.
Neighbours reportedly rushed to the house on hearing her screams and took her to hospital.
Prior to the two incidents, there was outrage in January when an eight-year-old Kashmiri Muslim girl was drugged, gang raped, and murdered.
Violent sexual assaults are prevalent in India. About 40,000 rape cases were reported in India in 2016, said the BBC, adding many cases go unreported because of the stigma that is attached to rape and sexual assault.