Khammam: Even before wounds of Hathras could be healed, a Dalit minor girl was set ablaze after she resisted a rape attempt in Khammam district.

Police have detained the accused identified as Allam Maraiah. The accused also belongs to the same community.

The girl who is the younger daughter of her parents was hired as a maid by Maraiah’s family. Maraiah’s father has been bedridden and the victim was hired to take care of him.

A couple of weeks ago, when she was in her room, Maraiah forced himself upon her. As he tried to rape her, she resisted and in the process, he assaulted and tore her clothes. Later he sprinkled petrol on her and set her ablaze before fleeing away.

As she raised alarm, his family members rushed her to Pooja hospital in Khammam town. Later they informed the girl’s parent about the incident. But due to severe burns, the girl could not speak.

On Monday, she recovered slightly and informed her parents about the incident.

While the girl continues to battle for her life, a case has been registered against Maraiah for rape, attempt to murder, and POCSO act. He has also been detained for further investigation, said Khammam police officials.

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