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22 arrested in India in 3 rape cases

09 May 2018

A 17-year-old girl is fighting for life after she was raped, doused with kerosene and set on fire in the latest shocking sex attack in India.

Police also revealed that the incident is coming days after another teenager was burned to death in the same state.

The country is already agonising over the brutal attack on an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir state earlier this year, where eight Hindus have been accused of the Muslim girl's abduction, repeated rape and killing. A man from the village entered her house and forced himself on the victim, said the report.

A TEENAGE girl is in critical condition having suffered burns to 95 per cent of her body after being raped and set alight in India.

A minor girl was allegedly raped by her maternal uncle in the district on Wednesday night when she had gone to her maternal uncle's house to attend a marriage.

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The village council ordered the accused men to do 100 situps and imposed a fine of 50,000 rupees ($750), Ram said.

"Policemen have been deployed in the village and the victim's family has been accorded protection", Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Shambhu Thakur told journalists.

Prabhat Khabar reported that the victim was alone at her residence on the day the crime was committed.

District police have arrested a 19-year-old suspect, the Times said.

The cases have renewed public anger over sexual violence, which was first put on spotlight in 2012 when the gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi generated global headlines.

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"As a nation, this is yet another girl we have failed", he added.

Dhanu Bhuiyan was named by police as the "main suspect" in the crime. Fifteen people have been detained in connection with that case, which took place in Jharkhand's Chatra district. There were almost 39,000 alleged attacks in 2016, an increase of 12% on the previous year.

The arrests come a month after the government approved the death penalty for the rape of girls under 12 years old.

He also attacked the girl's parents and set their home on fire with the teenager inside.

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22 arrested in India in 3 rape cases