Second Indian girl raped, set on fire

Indian police have arrested 14 suspects in the rape and murder of girls

Fifteen people, including the main accused, have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape and killing of a minor girl by setting her on fire in Jharkhand's Chatra district, police said on Saturday.

She is being treated in the neighbouring West Bengal state, said Akhilesh Kumar Jha, Deputy Inspector General of police. "There is a chance that she will survive", Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur district, said.

In a horrific incident, a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and subsequently burnt to death in front of her family members in Jharkhand's Chatra district on Friday.

77-year-old Indian guru Asaram Bapu, a sermon which was attended by representatives of the government of India, was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Police said that they were investigating a total of 18 people in relation to the rape and murder, of which 14 have been arrested.

The family of the girl said that four drunk men kidnapped her from the house when everyone was away at a wedding.




A teenager in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand was allegedly burnt alive after her parents reached out to local village council and told them about her alleged rape. She died from injuries sustained in the fire.

The two cases have shone a spotlight on the treatment of rape in India, where some 40,000 cases were reported in 2016.

Hindu activists have staged angry protests claiming that the police inquiry was biased. Just last week, Zee News India reports, a group of men sparked attention on social media by circulating a video of them molesting a teenage girl.

Concerned over the impartiality and volatility of their home state, the girl's family asked India's Supreme Court to move the location of the trial, a petition that has been granted, according to the family's lawyer.

Apart from this, grains have also been provided to the victim's family. The ordinance recommended death penalty for rapists of children below 12 years of age.

Some 578 rape cases were reported in Delhi up to April 15, against 563 in 2017 in the same period.

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