- The boy sneaked into the girl's house and tried to assault her
- When she resisted, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire
- She suffered severe burn injuries and is in a critical condition
Police said the girl has suffered severe burn injuries and has been admitted to a hospital in Rajgarh district, 115 km from state capital Bhopal. Her condition is said to be critical as 50 per cent burn injuries is challenging for doctors to treat if infection sets in.
The boy had gone into hiding on Saturday night. He was detained a day later after the police combed the district.
She was alone at her house in Rajgarh's Sustani village on Saturday as her family members were out working at a field.
Rajgarh senior police officer Simala Prasad confirmed that the boy was taken into custody on Sunday night.
A case has been filed under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against the accused, police said.
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