Hoshangabad (MP), Nov 23: A minor Dalit girl was allegedly burnt to death by a youth at Sahalwada village near here after she refused to withdraw a complaint of rape against him, police said on Thurdsay.
The 16-year-old girl was sleeping in her house when the accused, Chhote Singh Rajput, allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire in the village at Piparia development block yesterday, sub-divisional police officer Samar Verma told reporters.
She died on the way to a hospital, he said.
Rajput was recently granted bail in the rape case filed by the girl against him. He had been forcing her to withdraw the complaint.
The youth was arrested and a case of murder registered against him, Verma said.
Alleging that Rajput had links with politicians, the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress has demanded a high-level probe into the incident.
"Crimes against Dalits are soaring in the state," Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal said in a release in Bhopal and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for failing to control such crimes.
Low-caste girl burnt alive by alleged rapist in Madhya Pradesh
Fri Nov 24, 2006
RAIPUR, India (Reuters) – A Hindu low-caste teenage girl was burned alive in Madhya Pradesh by an upper-caste man after she refused to withdraw a rape charge against him, police said on Friday.
Asha Katia, 16, had taken 36-year-old Chhote Singh Rajput to court accusing him of raping her in 2005, said P. P. Sharma, police chief of Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh where the crime occurred.
"The deceased was under immense pressure to withdraw charges and deny the rape allegation in court," Sharma said. But Katia stood by her accusation, enraging Rajput, he added.
On Wednesday, he allegedly doused Katia with kerosene and set her alight in front of her family at her home in Sahalwada village.
Rajput denies murdering the girl. He was arrested by police soon after the killing and remains in custody.
Katia, a poor servant in an upper-caste household, belonged to the Dalit community, once considered "untouchables" and placed at the bottom of the hierarchical Hindu caste system.
Despite India's constitution forbidding caste discrimination, Dalits are still abused and targeted by upper castes, who often react violently if the lower castes seek to challenge the social order.