In a shocking incident, a minor girl tried to commit suicide by immolating herself in the Itarsi district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday after she was threatened by her rapist, who was out on bail.
According to a report by NDTV, the girl had been kidnapped, brutally assaulted with blades and raped by two men from her village in February.
The two men were then jailed after the incident but one of them received bail last week after which the victim began fearing for her safety.
Itarsi (MP-12.10.16): Minor rape victim attempts self immolation after hearing that the accused is released from jail. Admitted to hospital pic.twitter.com/SgKp0v5r1y— ANI (@ANI_news) October 13, 2016
"She was raped on 16 Feb 2016, one of the accused was recently released from jail so she thought that he will kill her," her father told ANI News.
Police officials say that she suffered third degree burns on 40 percent of her body.
According to a report by PTI, the main accused in the case is still lodged in jail but one of his accomplices (Anil Yadav) was released on bail nearly two months back and since then the victim is gripped with a fear that he may take revenge or might kill her, Itarsi Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Anil Sharma said.
Soon after the incident, Yadav was arrested and booked under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Police and social organisations were helping the victim and her family in all possible manner, the SDOP said
(With inputs from PTI)