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Rajasthan: Girl sets herself ablaze after attempted rape

January 04, 2013 20:35 IST

A 19-year-old girl committed self immolation after a youth tried to rape her in Alwar district of Rajasthan. This is the second such incident in the state this week.

The victim poured kerosene and set herself afire in her house in Alwar's Laxmangarh town on Thursday. She was admitted to a local hospital and referred to Jaipur's SMS government hospital, where she died on Friday, said the police.

"Rajesh Jogi allegedly attempted to rape the girl four-five days ago. She set herself ablaze on Thursday," Circle Officer Ashok Kumar Meena said.

The girl, in her statement, alleged that Jogi had attempted to rape her. The police said the accused was involved in a scuffle with the girl's brother before she committed suicide.

"The victim was admitted at 3 pm with 85 per cent burn injuries. She was unconscious and succumbed to the injuries around 4.15 pm," the spokesperson of the hospital said.

A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the accused who was arrested on Thursday night. He was produced before a local court in Alwar which remanded him to judicial custody,

Just days earlier, a 14-year girl had tried to commit suicide by setting herself afire after she was allegedly raped by a 25-year-old youth in Rajasthan's Pali district.

The girl was allegedly raped in Dholia village. She was hospitalised in Ajmer, where her condition was stated to be stable.

The incidents come in the midst of nationwide outrage over the brutal gangrape and assault of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

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