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Teen raped, set afire by boyfriend in Greater Noida

Greater Noida: In an unfortunate incident, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped and set ablaze by her boyfriend in Greater Noida’s Tigri village on Monday. The accused, who is also a neighbour, has been arrested on charges of rape and attempt to murder.

The girl was admitted in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital ICU with more than 60 per cent burns. Police said accused Ajay Sharma, who lived in the same village, was arrested at his house.

“A police team is with the victim at the hospital. Her statement was recorded. She accused Ajay of rape and attempt to murder,” said Rakesh Yadav, circle officer 3, Greater Noida.

The girl’s father, who is a tailor and runs a shop in the locality, said: “At about 2.30am (on March 7, 2016) the 18-year-old Ajay came to meet my daughter. The duo was having an affair. They met on the roof, where he raped her and set her ablaze. He fled from the spot.”

“We got to know that our daughter is in trouble when my wife heard her screams at around 3.40 am. We all went to sleep around midnight. It was only when my mother woke me up that I raised an alarm. My daughter spoke to the police and even identified the accused. Since she is very critical, she could not tell the police about the past incidents when she was harassed by Ajay,” her father said.

Father said around 10 months ago, the family complained about Ajay repeatedly peeping into their house but at that time the matter was compromised after intervention of senior villagers.

“But his family promised that he will not disturb us again, so we did not follow the complaint,” the girl’s father said.

Heavy police force has been deployed in Tigri village following the incident, fearing tension.

“No untoward incident was reported from the area so far. Deploying police was a precautionary measure as the victim and the accused are from different religions,” said Yadav. He said the situation was under control and they called a peace meeting between the groups.

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