The girl claimed she was alone at home in her village in Pakud on Friday, when a young man from the neighbourhood came in, allegedly raped and then set her on fire.
Her uncle, in whose house the incident occurred, took her to the hospital at Behrampore in West Bengal's Murshidabad district that very day.
On Saturday morning, her uncle filed a complaint at the Muffosil police station. "We came to know about the incident and immediately took action," said Mr Akhilesh Jha, senior police officer in Jharkhand, in charge of Pakud district.
Senior officers from Jharkhand met the girl at Behrampore hospital and took her statement. Doctors said she had 40 to 45 per cent burns. On Sunday, the girl was shifted to the Malda Medical College Hospital. The District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Pakud visited her again this morning.
The incident took place on May 4, the same day when another teenager was allegedly raped and burnt alive in Jharkhand's Chatra district. At least 15 people, including the main accused have been arrested in the case.
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