January 06, 2010
I think of each one of our girls in our 90 schools and what could happen to them if we
don't educate and empower them to protect themselves from abuse
Dalit girl burnt alive for fighting rape
Tuesday January 5, 2010, New Delhi
She was just 14, and as she waited at home on Monday for her parents to return, two boys broke in.
They tried to rape her, and she fought back. Fed up, the two boys, both under 18, poured kerosene all over her, set her on fire, and left her house. Neighbours rushed to the fields where her parents were working. When they got home, their child was still alive. They rushed her to hospital. She died a few hours later.
"She told the police that both the boys tried to rape her ...when she resisted, they doused kerosene on her and set her on fire. They should be severely punished," says her broken father.
This tragedy took place in Madhya Pradesh in the Burhanpur district. Caste played a big role in the girl's death. She was a Dalit, her attackers were not.
The two boys have been found by the police and have been arrested.
Their young victim dreamt of being a teacher someday, and helping girls in her village to realize their dreams.
Posted by klajja at January 6, 2010 10:09 AM