UPDATED: March 31, 2021 09:37 IST
A 15-year-old girl sustained severe burns after she set herself ablaze at a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district on Tuesday morning.
The girl took the drastic step after allegedly being molested by a boy, police said.
She has been rushed to Kanpur for specialised treatment, they said.
“On Monday afternoon, the girl’s family had beaten up the 16-year-old boy for allegedly molesting her. The victim’s family had at that time refused to lodge a complaint,” Hamirpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Narendra Kumar Singh said.
The girl’s family, however, later alleged that the boy used to often tease and harass the victim and had done the same on Monday. The police had let the accused go after warning him.
According to the family’s statement, the girl was disturbed by repeated harassment and molestation, following which she sprinkled kerosene on herself around 8 am on Tuesday and set herself on fire.
Before sending the girl to Kanpur for further treatment, her statement has been recorded in front of a magistrate, SP Narendra Kumar Singh said, adding further action will be taken on the basis of the complaint of the girl’s family.