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Girl set on fire for resisting eve-teasing dies in Aligarh

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 19:28 hrs

Aligarh: The teenaged girl, who was set on fire by a elderly stalker at Loharra village in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh on December 31, died on Saturday at Aligarh Medical College here.

The girl, who suffered nearly 90 per cent burns, was rushed to the District Hospital and later she was referred to Aligarh Medical College for better treatment.

Mourning the death, the girl's father said that the police had not taken action against the culprit who had used his influence to harass his daughter.

"I had complained to the police. If they had acted then, my daughter would not have had to suffer so much pain. I am a weak man, and the culprit is powerful. Also, I am a poor man, and my tea stall is all I have to sustain my children with," said the victim's father.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that the government would punish any officials found guilty of failing their duty.

"The government will take strict action against inefficient officials. I have received information about the Hathras incident, and we will help the victim's family. Some of the accused have been acted against, and we will take action against the others as well," Yadav said.

Incensed over the refusal of the girl, the 42-year-old culprit, Arjun entered the girl's house when she was alone on December 31 evening, poured kerosene on her and ignited her.

The incident comes at a time when students, activists and politicians have unanimously called for enhanced security for women in the light of the brutal Delhi gang-rape case.




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