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MP: Boy sets girl on fire after she resists alleged sexual assault attempt

The girl suffered nearly 50 per cent burn injuries and her condition was serious, police said.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 16:31 IST

Press Trust of India, Rajgarh
A boy in Sustani village allegedly forced his way into his victim’s house and attempted to sexually assault her.
A boy in Sustani village allegedly forced his way into his victim’s house and attempted to sexually assault her. (AFP File photo)
         

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly set on fire by a boy when she resisted his attempt to sexually assault her, a police official said on Monday.

The girl was admitted to the district hospital and her condition was reported to be serious, he said.

She was alone at her house in Sustani village (Madhya Pradesh) on Saturday as her family was at work on an agricultural field.

Knowing the situation, the boy forcibly entered her house and allegedly tried to sexually assault her, Khujner police station in-charge Indraraj Singh said.

However, when the girl resisted, the boy poured kerosene over her and set her on fire, he said.

Taking serious note of the incident, Rajgarh district superintendent of police Simala Prasad directed the security personnel to launch a search for the boy, who was traced and taken into custody on Sunday night, Singh said.

The girl suffered nearly 50 per cent burn injuries and her condition was serious, police said.

A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against the accused, the police said, adding that an investigation was on into the incident.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 16:28 IST

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