Fearing that her rape accused might try to kill her after he was released from prison on bail, a minor Dalit girl allegedly tried to immolate herself in a village in Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh.
The minor girl has suffered 40 per cent burn injuries in the incident on Wednesday and is being treated at a hospital here, police said, adding her condition is stated to be stable and out of danger.
She took the extreme step at her residence in Nayagaon, around 15 km from here, out of fear that the accused would harm her, Itarsi Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Anil Sharma said.
It appears that she was in a disturbed state of mind and poured kerosene to immolate herself , he said.
She was raped in February this year following which two accused were arrested, he said.
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 kill her, 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, he said.
Police and social organisations were helping the victim and her family in all possible manner, the SDOP said.