Lucknow: A 10-year-old dalit girl was gangraped and burnt alive while another minor from the community and a mentally challenged teenager were sexually assaulted in fresh rape cases in UP ahead of the planned launch of a campaign by Mayawati Government to tackle crime.
In Ghaziabad, a 10-year-old dalit girl was gang-raped and burnt alive in Anwarpur village, police said. The incident came a week after a 35-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and burnt alive by three persons in Etah.
The minor girl, whose parents had gone out for work, was overpowered by some men who entered her house last evening, they said, adding that they raped her and set her afire when she called out for help.
Police said that a 10-year-old dalit girl was gang-raped and burnt alive in Anwarpur village in Ghaziabad.
The victim was rushed to a local hospital. She was later referred to GTB Hospital in Delhi where she succumbed to injuries.
Senior police officials reached the village, falling under Pilakhuwa police station area. One person was arrested last night in connection with the case and the girl's body was sent for post-mortem, police said.
While security in the village has been tightened, SDM Hapur Pushpa Devrar has started a probe into the incident on the directions of District Magistrate Hredesh Kumar.
In Barabanki, a 11-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Dewa area, police said today.
The victim was dragged by a youth to a secluded place and raped while she was returning home in Ibrahimpur Khurd village last night, they said.
The accused Shiv Kumar has been arrested, police said.
In Hathras, parents of a teenager lodged a complaint with police that the girl was raped by her uncle Kishori on June 24. The police have arrested the accused.
The rape incidents came as Chief Minister Mayawati prepared to chair a high-level meeting of officials on Monday to chalk out strategy to deal with crime after a spate of rape and murder incidents this month prompted the Centre to seek a report from Uttar Pradesh Government on the prevailing law and order situation in the state.