14 rapists out of 18 have been arrested by the Indian Police, after they reportedly burnt a 16-year-old Indian girl alive after her parents complained that she had been raped in the Chatra district of India, on Friday.
The elders of the village reportedly ordered the accused rapists to do 100 sit-ups, and pay a 50,000 rupee fine as punishment. The judgement angered the accused rapists and they beat the girl’s parents, and then set the girl on fire.
The arrests have been made since Friday night, and four more suspects were still at large, the region’s top official Jitendra Kumar Singh said. The girl’s family said four men, allegedly drunk, kidnapped the Indian girl from a wedding she was attending in a nearby village on Thursday night. “They then took her to a deserted spot and sexually assaulted her,” the family source said.
“The family said that the men, angered over the complaint, barged into their home, beat them and set the girl on fire after pouring kerosene on her,” he said.
Police said they hoped to arrest the remaining suspects, including the key suspect and other village council members, soon.
“The main suspect has been arrested from a relative’s place where he was hiding. We have also set up a medical board which will conduct the (victim’s) post-mortem,” police inspector general Shambhu Thakur told AFP.
“We are on the case and we promise the family that the guilty won’t be spared.”
Thakur said the village head has also been arrested since he “announced a punishment that led to the murder”.
The crime has been reported against the backdrop of spiraling outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir and several other cases of sexual assault of young girls in recent months.
India’s federal government recently approved stringent punishments for sexual violence against children, including the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12.