Jharkhand teenager battles for life after being raped and set on fire
09 May, 2018, 09:19 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
The new victim was reportedly alone when she was attacked by a neighbour.
It is the second such incident to be reported in Jharkhand in recent days as another teenage girl who police say was raped and burned alive died on Sunday. She was sent home after allegedly gang rape. But the imposed fine sparked an argument between the families and led to Bhuiyan's alleged murder of the girl, who was 16 or 18 years old depending on the report.
The rape had occurred in the village of Chatra, which is located in eastern Jharkhand state. The main suspect Dhanu Bhuiyan who has been hiding in a relative's house was arrested by the police.
Minimum sentencing terms have also been raised and provisos issued that no rape case should take more than two months to prosecute.
A 19-year-old living in the same neighbourhood has been arrested as police revealed there was "a chance" that she will survive.
Reports of the attack come amid shock over the death of a 16-year-old girl in Jharkhand's Chatra district in a similar incident.
Around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police in India every day, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.
"They rushed to the girl's house and set it ablaze", Batra said.
In response to earlier incidents, thousands of people took to the streets across the country in late April to protest against sexual violence, some of the largest demonstrations since the highly publicized rape and murder of a female collage student in Delhi in 2012.
Police have arrested 15 people suspected of kidnapping, raping and burning to death the girl.
In 2016, there were nearly 39,000 sexual assaults - an increase of 12 per cent.
The Indian government has passed a series of laws increasing punishment for rape of an adult to 20 years in prison and introducing the death penalty for anyone found guilty of raping girls aged under 12.
Eight Hindus have been accused over the abduction, repeated rape and killing of the Muslim girl.
The perpetrator, Bacchan Mondal, also attacked the girl's family and set their home on fire with a teenager inside.
The two cases have shone a spotlight on the treatment of rape in India, where some 40,000 cases were reported in 2016.
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