India girl, 16, burnt alive after rape

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A 16-year-old girl in India was burnt alive after her parents complained to village elders that she had been raped, according to police. Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the attacks in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Police said the elders had ordered the accused rapists to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee (£550; $750) fine as punishment.

They were so enraged they beat the girl's parents then set her on fire. "The two accused thrashed the parents and rushed to the house where they set the girl ablaze with the help of their accomplices," Ashok Ram, the officer in charge of the local police station, told AFP news agency.

Upon discovering the assault, her parents went to village elders to pursue charges against the suspected perpetrators. Police in the state say that they have arrested 14 of the 18 people they want to investigate with regards to the rape and subsequent murder.

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