Jharkhand: 14 arrested over gang rape, burning of minor

Jharkhand: 14 arrested over gang rape, burning of minor

The assailant then waited until the girl was alone, "then broke into her house and raped her before setting her alight", according to the BBC.

Six accused are still missing, a senior police officer said. There is a sense of fear among villagers after the horrific incident took place in Rajakendua village under Itkhori police station in Chatra district.

So, in the case of the rape incident, the elders determined, after a trial, that as punishment, the two rapists should do 100 push-ups and pay a fine of 50,000 rupees (or US$750) to settle the matter.

Furious over the panchayat diktat, the four youth allegedly went to the house of the girl and thrashed the family members and burnt her to death. "We will provide security to family members till they feel secure", said Shambhu Thakur, Inspector General of Chatra police.

In recent months, the country has again been shaken by a series of violent sexual assaults against young girls, including the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir.

An Indian protester at an April protest in New Delhi against two recently reported rape cases.

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On hearing of the incident, a police team rushed to the spot, took the girl to a hospital, where the doctors declared her "brought dead". "When the [village council] was called, the accused and the victim accepted that they liked each other".

Authorities say several men attacked the girl Thursday, but things only got worse the next day when village leaders gathered to punish alleged gang leader Dhanu Singh Bhuiyan.

Police have arrested 22 people in eastern India in three separate rape cases involving teenage girls, officials said on Sunday, as grisly new attacks against women come to light despite tougher penalties.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has announced Rs 1 lakh as financial aid to the girl's family.

Some 40,000 rape cases were reported in India in 2016, with many more believed to have gone unreported because of stigma attached to sex crimes in the country.

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