BAREILLY : A 15-year-old girl who fought back as six men tried to rape her and was then set on fire by them, died of severe burns in Khudaganj village of Shahjahanpur district in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday night.
The girl was allegedly assaulted on November 17 by the men, all from her village, when she was alone at home in Shahjahanpur.
After their failed attempt to rape her, the men had doused the girl with kerosene and set her afire.
In her badly burnt state, the girl was reportedly taken from hospital to hospital.
Her family first took her to the Shahjahanpur Medical College and two days later, to the Bareilly Medical College. When her health deteriorated, the hospital asked her parents to take her to Lucknow; they took her to Rohilkhand Medical College, a private hospital in Bareilly, because it was closer. The district administration and local organisations helped them pay the bill as they could not afford it.
Four of the attackers have been arrested.The six accused will now face murder charges. The police are still looking for two men who are missing.
DIG Range RKS Rathor said, “Now, after her death, we will include Section 302 (murder) of the IPC too against the six accused and ensure that they get maximum punishment for this ghastly act.”