A 16-year-old Dalit girl, who was allegedly raped on January 5 by her neighbour, attempted suicide by setting herself afire on Friday at her house in ward-7 of Kharkhodda town of Sonepat district.
Sonepat deputy superintendent of police Balbir Singh said the victim told her mother that she was raped last week and then locked herself in a room, where she set herself on fire.
Sources said Rakesh Kumar, a taxi driver, lured the victim on January 5 and allegedly raped her in his taxi. The accused dropped the victim back at her house but her mother came to know about her outing with the accused. On Friday, the victim narrated the incident to her parents and attempted suicide.
Sources said that the victim's mother wanted to hush up the matter owing to social stigma, but things went out of her hands after the victim set herself afire.
The victim received 85-90% burns and was rushed to civil hospital, Sonepat, from where she was referred to PGIMS, Rohtak. Police said that on the the complaint of victim's mother, the accused was rounded up and booked under Sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
DSP Balbir Singh said the condition of the victim was critical. "We are trying to record her statement and are in touch with the doctors attending her," he said.
Rohtak PGIMS medical superintendent said that chances of patients with more than 70% burns were minimal.