Class 5 student gang-raped, set on fire by schoolmates in Assam; dies


Guwahati: A 10-year-old, Class 5 student was burnt to death after she was allegedly gang raped by three boys in Assam’s Nagaon district on Friday. She sustained 90% burns and succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

At the hospital where she was rushed by her parents, she had told the police that the three boys poured kerosene and set her on fire after raping her.

According to police, the incident took place when the girl was alone at her house in Lalungaon village and the three accused barged in, gang-raped her, poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze.

The police have detained two of the accused and are on the lookout for the third. Since the accused are minors, they will be booked under the Juvenile Justice Act.

Villagers say this is not a one-off case; security of women is a huge concern in the locality. A lawmaker, who had recently raised the issue of women’s safety in the state Assembly, said women in her constituency have been living in constant fear of sexual assault.

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