Minor girl in critical condition after being raped, set on fire in Madhya Pradesh; two accused men on the run

A minor girl was allegedly raped and set on fire by two men in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, according to media reports on Friday.

As per CNN-News18, the girl was set on fire by the accused when she began shouting in order to resist them. She was admitted to the local hospital and is reportedly in a critical condition.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The two accused are absconding at the moment, police officials said. A case has been against them under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as the police conducts its investigation.

According to the latest data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Madhya Pradesh registered the highest number of rape cases filed in the country in 2016.

Friday's incident has come to light a few days after the Madhya Pradesh Assembly unanimously passed a bill awarding death to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below. With that, Madhya Pradesh became the first state in the country where those convicted of such rapes will face the gallows.

The bill will be sent to the president for his assent after which it will become a law, state home minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters outside the Assembly.

Updated Date: Dec 08, 2017 13:26 PM

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