Girl Sets Herself On Fire After Being Raped By Her Own Neighbour
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April 3, 2016 ( Post 1 )
A teenager is fighting for her life in hospital after she set fire to herself just moments after she was raped by a neighbour, police have said.
The 16-year-old was home alone when a neighbour - identified only as Bablu in local media - reportedly came to the house and attacked her.
Just moments after the ordeal, at her home in Ghaziabad, northern India, she reportedly drenched herself in kerosene and lit the fuel.
Police believe she was selected by the accused abuser because her family are low-caste Dalits, once known as the Untouchables in India.
The girl's father told police his daughter had been home alone while the rest of the family was at work.
As another neighbour kept watch, Bablu is accused of locking the girl in her bedroom and raping her.
The attack was only halted when the girl's brother returned home and demanded to know what had happened.
The victim's father says his daughter was so distraught she tried to incinerate herself.
Police say one 22-year-old man has been arrested on alleged rape and child abuse charges and another is being sought.
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