Barely two days after the death of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and later set on fire by the father of the accused, another Madhya Pradesh minor — a 14-year-old tribal — met a similarly gruesome end.
The girl who was allegedly raped and burnt by a person at a village in Mandsaur district, 225 km northwest of Indore, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in neighbouring Rajasthan in the early hours of Wednesday.
Having suffered 95% burns following the vicious attack on May 11, the girl lost the battle for life at a private hospital in Udaipur.
Following the incident, the police had registered a case of sexual harassment, but slapped rape charges against the accused, Pratap Singh, after the girl told mediapersons he had raped her. Singh was arrested on May 12.
The girl’s death puts Madhya Pradesh under unwanted spotlight again. The state has been reeling under a spate of rapes, especially of minors and toddlers.
The perversion is all the more bone chilling because MP, according to the last National Crime Records Bureau report, recorded the highest number of rapes — 3,406 — in the country in 2011. Worse still, 1,262 of the victims were minors.
The tribal girl’s death has come even as the state recovered from the death of the 15-year-old at Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal on Monday.
She was allegedly raped by a 17-year-old boy at a village in Raisen, adjoining Bhopal, on May 16.
The minor was admitted to the hospital with 90% burns two days later, hours after the alleged rapist’s father set her on fire in her house for having reported the rape to the police.
The police have arrested the juvenile rape accused and his father.