A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped before being killed and set on fire inside her home in Delhi last week by two men related to her, police said on Monday.
Two accused have been arrested, and police say they have confessed to raping and killing the Class 9 student in eastern Delhi’s Gandhinagar area on Thursday.
Police said the girl’s body was found on a bed in her house that was locked from outside. Her body was burnt below the waist and an autopsy report revealed that she was raped before being strangled to death. They suspect her body was burnt to cover-up the sexual assault.
According to the girl’s mother, the two men had been stalking her for the past six months and her daughter had rejected the advances by one of them.
Reports said the two were arrested after another girl from the area claimed that they had gangraped her and tried to kill her as well in July, but she had managed to escape. She did not tell anyone about the incident as they had threatened her with dire consequences.
The accused were picked up on the basis of her statement.
The victim lived with her mother and brother.
Last month, a 14-year-old Dalit girl was brutally raped, tortured, and forced to drink acid allegedly by a man who had repeatedly assaulted her earlier. She was allegedly kidnapped from her home by the accused.
She died on July 26 after a month in the hospital.