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Family of UP Teen Rape Victim Provided Security

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On Wednesday, the Bulandshahr district administration provided security to the family of a 16-year-old rape victim, a day after she died of burns suffered when the family of the rape defendant allegedly set her on fire, authorities said.

Bulandshahr District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said the girl’s family, which belongs to the Dalit community, sought protection out of fear of a threat to their lives.

According to the officials, the accused raped the girl on August 15 in an orchard in the Jahangirabad area of ​​the district. The defendant was arrested the same day and charged with rape, officials said.

The girl’s family has alleged that the family of the accused was pressuring her to withdraw the complaint and reach a compromise, officials said.

On Tuesday morning, when the girl refused to withdraw the complaint, an uncle of the accused allegedly set her on fire. The girl was rushed to a district hospital for treatment, from where doctors referred her to Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital in New Delhi. The girl succumbed to burns Tuesday night.

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