Minor girl dies of burns, kin allege rape, murder

June 25th, 2011 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, June 25 (IANS) An eight-year-old girl died of burns in the Pilakhuwa area of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district Saturday, police said. The girl’s family alleged she was raped and set on fire but police claimed it was a case of suicide.

The victim, daughter of a private hospital employee Manoj Kumar, residing in Anwarpur locality, was rushed to the medical centre around 11.30 a.m. by neighbours who noticed smoke coming out of her house.

Senior Superintendent of Police Raghubir Lal denied her family’s allegation that she was raped and set on fire and claimed she committed suicide.

He said the girl was scolded by her uncle for throwing stones at his son. “As he went away after scolding her, Divya picked up the kerosene bottle and poured it on herself. She then set herself on fire,” he said.

“This was told by her five-year-old brother Saurabh who was in the other room when she burnt herself. On hearing her screams, the neighbours went inside and took her to the hospital,” Lal said.

At that time, the girl’s father was in hospital while her mother had gone out, police said.

The neighbours rushed the girl to Saraswati Medical College where her father was employed. The girl’s father said the attending doctor told them she was raped and referred her to a government Hospital. She died on way to hospital.

When asked about the doctor’s initial observation suspecting rape, Lal said: “It was a private hospital. The doctor should have referred the matter to the district hospital for proper examination.”

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