Girl set afire for resisting rape

Lucknow, October 31: Two brothers in Uttar Pradesh were arrested for setting afire their 14-year-old neighbour when she resisted their attempts to rape her, police said. The girl received 70 percent burns and is battling for life in a Delhi hospital.

The girl, a native of Dhakauli village in Bulandshahr district, some 350 km from Lucknow, was Saturday set ablaze by brothers Mashooq and Ashraf, both in their 20s, while she was alone at her house.

“The incident came to light on Sunday when the victim’s father approached us. According to him, the two set her daughter afire when she raised an alarm after they tried to rape her,” police inspector Parminder Pal Singh said.

The girl was referred to a hospital in Delhi after her condition deteriorated.