Girl set on fire by rapists

Hyderabad, March 18: A 15-year-old girl was set on fire allegedly by three men who attempted to rape her at a house in Sai Nagar near Kushaiguda on Wednesday. The victim, a class VI dropout, suffered 60 per cent burns and is battling for life at Gandhi Hospital.

Malkajgiri assistant commissioner of police (ACP) P V Padmaja said: “As per the statement of the girl, three persons (all bachelors) tried to rape her at a house in Sai Nagar and when she resisted their attempt they set her ablaze. The incident took place around 11 am.” Locals informed the Kushaiguda police about the incident and she was shifted to Gandhi Hospital.

The victim stays at Padmaraonagar with her parents. Her father is an auto driver, while her mother is a domestic help.

The girl and her friend used to frequent a tea joint near a three-storied building in Padmaraonagar when two bachelors staying in the building befriended them, the ACP said.

“On March 9, the victim left home without informing her parents. A missing case was registered at the Chilkalguda police station by her father on the same day. The girl said she had gone to Vijayawada on March 9 along with three persons. The trio used to frequent their two friends residing in the three-storied multi building at Padmaraonagar.” the assistant commissioner of police said.

The victim refused to reveal information on when they returned to the city and the whereabouts of the three persons. Special teams have been pressed into service to arrest the culprits, the ACP said.

A case was registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 342 (wrongfully confining a person), 363 (kidnapping) and 376 (rape) r/w 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Kushaiguda inspector A Muthyam Reddy said.

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