Jaipur: Eleven-year-old Nazmeen can barely speak. She suffered 99 per cent burn injuries after her neighbour set her on fire - all because she dared to wear lipstick.
Nazmeen was attacked by the man she called nana (grandfather). On Friday, Saleem told the little girl not to wear lipstick. When she defied him, in a fit of rage he allegedly molested her before pouring kerosene on her and setting her on fire.
"He was beating me and when I said that I would complain to my father, he started abusing him. Please punish him," says Nazmeen.
Police have arrested 55-year-old Saleem, who runs a shop in the Ghatgate area.
Investigating officer on the case, NS Nagora said, "We are looking into the molestation charges as well. Investigations are on and a police team has just been sent to the hospital again."
Nazmeen is now admitted in a hospital, but doctors say her condition continues to be critical.
Superintendent of Police, Mohan Singh said the girl's Saleem has been charged with molestation and attempt to murder.
"The accused has been charged under section 307 - attempt to murder - and section 354 - molestation. We interrogated neighbours and the family and they have confirmed what happened," Mohan Singh said.
Meanwhile, Woman and Child Development Minister, Renuka Chaudhary said, "Lawmakers should such people a lesson. There is no law in the country that states that a girl cannot wear something unless it is absolutely indecent. It is very shocking, backward and illiterate.