Teenage girl tries to self-immolate in MP, alleges police inaction

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A teenage girl, 16, Friday tried to self-immolate in a police premises in Indore in Madhya Pradesh alleging that some youths were barging into her home and teasing her at knife-point.

A video of the incident, in which she is seen narrating her ordeal and the alleged refusal of Palasia police station to register a case on her complaint, went viral on social media soon after, leading to the arrest of four people.

According to police officials, the teenage girl reached the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) at Regal Cross Road, Indore, and tried to strike a match after pouring kerosene on herself. But those present there prevented her from doing so.

Soon after, Inspector Sanjay Bais of Palasia police station said four people, all relatives of the victim, in the 18-24 age group were arrested under section 354 (criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.

Bais said the victim’s family and the accused are involved in a dispute over a pathway in the locality where they stay. Further probe into the incident was underway, he added.

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