Uttar Pradesh: Dalit girl, gangraped, set ablaze in Pilibhit, succumbs to injuries

The deceased girl's body will be handed over to her family after conducting autopsy.

Rashmi SharmaUpdated: Monday, September 19, 2022, 11:40 PM IST
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UP: Dalit girl, gangraped, set ablaze in Pilibhit, succumbs to injuries | Representative Photo/ Pixabay

Lucknow: A Dalit teenager who was set on fire after being raped by two men in Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, on September 7, succumbed to her injuries in Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University on Monday, the hospital said.

The 16-year-old’s body has been handed over to family members after post-mortem examination.

The doctor in charge of the burns ward, Brajesh Mishra, said the girl was brought in a critical condition and was admitted to the intensive care unit. She died of sepsis caused due to excessive burn injuries to vital parts of her body.

According to Dr Mishra, the girl had sustained burns to 75 per cent of her body. Despite this, she was able to give her statement to police officials, who have arrested the two accused, Rajvir and Tarachand.

Superintendent of Police Dinesh P said compensation of Rs4.12 lakh has already been paid to the family.

In her statement, the girl said that the accused barged into her home when her family was away in the fields. After raping her, they poured diesel on her and set her on fire.

The teenager’s death comes close on the heels of two similar atrocities against Dalits in the state. On Thursday September 15, two teens were raped, strangled and hanged from a tree in Lakhimpur district. Two days later a 15-year-old was raped and killed in a village in Badaun district.

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