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Punjab: 12-year-old set on fire after rape, dies

The girl alleged that she was repeatedly raped by a man for eight days before being set on fire.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: February 25, 2016 9:41 pm
Family of 12-year old who died after rape and being put on fire, protest in Moti Nagar on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo) Family of 12-year old who died after rape and being put on fire, protest in Moti Nagar on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo)

A 12-year-old girl died on Thursday morning after being allegedly set on fire by a 19-year old man, who is also accused of repeatedly raping her in the last eight days.

Sunil, 19, allegedly poured kerosene on the girl last night at her residence in Balwinder Singh ka vehra (one-room houses) in Sherpur area following which she was rushed to Ludhiana Civil Hospital with more than 95 percent burns.

The girl named Sunil in her statement before a magistrate and said that he threatened to kill her if she revealed anything to her parents.

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Speaking to Indian Express, RS Cheema, Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) south, said, “The girl used to stay at home and the accused was teasing her for days. She was being repeatedly raped since 8-10 days and she did not reveal it to her parents. Yesterday, she decided to tell to her parents but before that Sunil poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze.”

The gynecologist, who performed a medical check up before her death, confirmed to the police that the girl was brutally raped.

She was referred to PGIMER Chandigarh after her condition became extremely critical, but succumbed to burn injuries on her way.

Tension gripped Sherpur area after her family blocked traffic and staged protest with the dead body demanding Sunil’s arrest.

An FIR has been registered at Focal Point police station in which police has booked the father and two brothers of the accused under section 120-B (conspiracy) of IPC. His father Harish and two brothers, Anil and Laxman (aged 19 and 22), have now been arrested. The main accused, Sunil, is still absconding.

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  1. A
    Feb 25, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    how brutal - where does this brutality come from - is it due to closed society or a confused society.
    1. U
      Feb 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm
      until we start giving/executing capital punishment this atrocity will not stop.
      1. A
        Feb 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm
        Child Rapists should be tortured and killed publicly like stoning. Only then fear will set in. Crimes like rape,xtreme fear of stoning is the only way to check it. Otherwise a hardened criminal like a pickpocketrr, robber etc who has been to lockups and jails several times are no longer afraid of police arrests and being in jail.
        1. J
          J N
          Feb 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm
          unless and until such laws as castration of the rapists are ped. the rapes will continue and rapes will increase in india It is the fault of the public ,believing it can never happen to their child, this is the reason there is no public cry throughout bIndia. All must unite to speak with one voice,repeatedly until such laws are ped to put the fear in the minds of every Indian throughout India
          1. M
            Feb 25, 2016 at 9:57 pm
            Incredible INDIA
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