Sunday 18 February 2018

Teenage girl raped and set on fire fights for life with 95 per cent burns

Police in New Delhi. File Picture
Police in New Delhi. File Picture

A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family's home in a village outside the city, police in India have said.

Police constable Yadram Singh said a 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping and attempting to burn the girl to death in Tigri village, near the New Delhi suburb of Noida.

His report on the case describes how the girl's parents found her with severe burns, after hearing her screaming from the rooftop terrace before dawn on Monday.

The incident is just one of several recently reported cases of rape against women or children in India.

Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital said the girl was brought with around 95 per cent thermal burns and a history of sexual assault, reported the Indian Express.

“There are around 95 per cent burns across her body. Only the upper portion of her face and head is left, otherwise every part of her body is charred. Our priority now is to control the infection. In such high burns cases, this is a huge challenge,” said a senior doctor in the burns department.

Press Association

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