PATNA: A teenaged girl was burnt to death shortly after being raped in the Indian state of Jharkhand amid the continuing outrage in the country over rape incidents. The horrible incident took place at Kendua village in Chatra district on Friday.
As per reports, the victim who studies in Grade eight had gone to attend the wedding of her cousin sister on Thursday night when a local youth lifted her at gun-point and allegedly raped her.
Soon after coming to know about the incident, the victim’s parents reported the matter to the local village court. The very next day, on Friday, a village court organized over the issue held the accused guilty of committing the crime and subsequently, imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on him.
Reports said soon after hearing the court’s order, the accused got infuriated and straightway rushed to the house of the victim along with his three associates.
The attackers doused the victim with kerosene oil and set her afire, leading to her instantaneous death. Witnesses said the girl’s parents who rushed to rescue her too were assaulted by the attackers.
“The accused refused to accept the punishment and the fine imposed by the panchayat (village court), following which a fight ensued… The accused allegedly reached the house of the girl and set her afire with the help of three other youths… They also beat up her (the girl’s) parents,” a local police official Ashok Ram told the media on Saturday.
The police in the meanwhile have arrested 14 persons in connection with the rape and murder of the girl, as per media reports. Authorities have also announced a compensation of Rs250,000 to the victim’s family.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the incident, describing it as “barbaric”. He also announced stern punishment to all the accused persons involved in the incident.
Jharkhand which is ruled by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has been rocked by the incidents of rape. As per an official report, altogether 328 incidents of rapes were reported till March this year. Last year, 1,335 incidents of rape had been reported, followed by 1,146 in 2016, 1,198 in 2015 and 1,122 in 2014.