A 17-year-old girl is battling for her life in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand after she was raped and set on fire.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the crime, which happened on Friday, the same day that another teenage girl was raped and burnt alive elsewhere in the state.
That incident led to arrests of 15 people.
According to a district spokesman Pramod Kumar Jha:
“The girl was alone at her relative’s home in a village in Pakur district when a man from the neighbourhood sexually assaulted her.”
“He later poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze and fled from the scene,” he said.
The young girl’s attacker reportedly waited until she was alone at home before he pounced. He has been arrested.
The victim is being treated in hospital for 95 per cent burn injuries, having been attacked and doused in kerosene, police say.
Police are questioning the suspect who will be tried in a fast-track court.
This is the latest case in India’s rising number of violent sexual crimes, rapes against women and female children this year, which includes the murders of two eight-year-old girls
The string of rapes and murders have rocked India, prompting mass protests in the country and international condemnation.
Last week in India, police arrested 14 people over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a 16-year-old in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
Police have not indicated the two cases are linked.
Police officers investigating this latest attack say the rapist waited until the 17-year-old girl was alone at a relative’s house in Pakur district, then broke in and attacked her before setting her alight.
Neighbours reportedly rushed to the house when they heard her screams and took her to hospital.
The accused rapist told police that he wanted to marry the victim but she wasn’t ready.