Minor rape victim dies of burn injuries in UP, 3 arrested:Police

A 15-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district died of burn injuries on Tuesday, three months after she was raped, police said. An uncle and two friends of the rape accused – who is in jail – had been pressuring her to withdraw the case, Senior Superintendent of Police, Santosh Kumar Singh, told reporters. All 3 of them have now been arrested after the teen’s father alleged that they set her on fire.
“The (rape) incident took place on August 15. The accused was arrested and he is still in jail. This morning, at 8, she came to the hospital with burn injuries. She was sent to Delhi for treatment where she died,” he said on Tuesday.

A video shot at the government hospital in Bulandshahr where the girl was first brought has the woman saying she set herself on fire after pressure and threats from the family of the rape accused. However, the FIR (First Information Report) filed by the woman’s father alleges the rape accuser’s family poured petrol on the woman and set her on fire. The police say both angles will be investigated.

Two policemen have been suspended for alleged negligence in handling the case, he said, adding two senior officers have also been taken off active duty.

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