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16-year-old Gang-raped, Burnt Alive After Panchayat Asks Accused to Pay Rs 50,000 as Settlement

Enraged by the panchayat's diktat to "settle", the four accused went to the girl’s house, where they first thrashed the family members and then set the victim on fire, the girl’s parents said.

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Updated:May 4, 2018, 8:32 PM IST
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16-year-old Gang-raped, Burnt Alive After Panchayat Asks Accused to Pay Rs 50,000 as Settlement
A man walks past a graffiti depicting a message in protest against rape. (REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files)
Ranchi: A 16-year-old girl was burnt to death in front of her family members inside her home in Jharkhand on Friday, allegedly by men who had gang-raped her on Thursday night.

According to local media reports, four youngsters had kidnapped the girl from the house on Thursday night while the rest of the family had gone out to attend a wedding. They reportedly took her to a deserted spot and raped her.

The incident took place in Rajakendua village in Naxal-hit Chatra district, around 160 km from Ranchi.

The girl’s family raised the issue in the panchayat on Friday morning. The panchayat, or village council, rather than reporting the case to the police, asked the accused to settle the matter by paying the girl’s family Rs 50,000. They were also asked them to perform 100 sit-ups.

Enraged by the diktat, the four accused went to the girl’s house, where they first thrashed the family members and then set the victim on fire, the girl’s parents said.

The accused are on the run and police have launched a manhunt to nab the accused. The brutal gang-rape and murder comes at a time when public anger over the failure of the government and police to stem a series of sex attacks on minors has boiled over.

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