A 12-year-old girl was set on fire by a man who allegedly repeatedly raped her for eight days after she decided to tell her parents about the brutal attacks that took place near her home in India.
The girl died on Thursday morning after the suspected rapist allegedly poured kerosene on her at her house in the Sherpur region of the Punjab, foreign media reports.
She was taken to hospital with more than 95 per cent of her body covered in burns and died a short time later.
Before her death, the girl reportedly made a statement to a magistrate, naming the 19-year-old man as her alleged attacker and saying that he had threatened to kill her if she revealed anything about her ordeal to her parents.
A medical examination performed on the girl before her death confirmed that she had been brutally raped, reportedly.
The girl’s family reportedly blocked traffic and staged a protest with her dead body in Sherpur, demanding the man’s arrest.
His father and two brothers have been arrested, but the alleged rapist “is still absconding”.
Peaceful mass protests were led by the women’s rights group, the All India Progressive Women’s Association, in Calcutta earlier this month after three men were sentenced to death for gang-raping and murdering a 20-year-old woman in 2013.
The gang-rape of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh on a Delhi bus in 2012 shocked the world and triggered widespread protests across India, highlighting its shocking culture of female assault.
Indian Punjab Police are conducting further investigation into the incident.