A 12-year-old girl died Thursday morning, a day after she was allegedly set on fire by a 19-year-old man who had raped her for the past eight days.
Sunil, the main accused, allegedly poured kerosene on the girl and set her on fire at her parents’ one-room home in Sherpur area. She suffered more than 95 per cent burns.
The girl’s younger sister was playing outside while her parents were away at a relative’s place when the incident occurred, according to police.
Rushed to Civil Hospital Ludhiana, the girl recorded her statement in a critical condition in front of the magistrate, stating that Sunil had been raping her for the past eight days and had threatened to kill her if she revealed it to her parents.
R S Cheema, ACP south, told The Indian Express, “The girl used to stay home. The accused had been teasing her for some time. She was repeatedly raped over the past 8-10 days but she did not reveal it to her parents. Yesterday, she decided to tell her parents about it but before that Sunil poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze.”
The condition of the girl turned critical Thursday, following which she was referred to PGIMER Chandigarh, but she succumbed to her injuries before she could reach there.
Cheema said, “The girl’s family alleged that proper treatment was not provided due to which she died but doctors had referred her to PGI. She died even before we could shift her.” AN FIR has been registered at the Focal Point Police Station.
The girl’s family, alleging medical negligence on the part of Ludhiana Civil Hospital, protested with her body on the road. However, the police convinced them for autopsy. Medical check-up confirmed rape, police said.
The accused owns a small vegetable vend in the same area. His father, Harish, and two brothers, Anil and Laxman (aged 19 and 22), have been arrested for conspiracy.