Police: Indian teen dies after being raped, set on fire

Relatives stand on the terrace of a house where a 15-year-old girl was set on fire after being raped.

Story highlights

  • Boyfriend accused of raping, setting girl on fire
  • Girl, 16, dies after suffering severe burns
  • Suspect charged with rape and murder, police say

New Delhi (CNN)A 16-year-old girl has died after her boyfriend allegedly raped and set her on fire near New Delhi, police said Wednesday.

Police say the man, about age 20, barged into the girl's room at 2:30 a.m. Monday.
    After raping her, the suspect set her on fire, said Kiran Sivakumar, police superintendent of Noida, a suburb of New Delhi.
      The man has been arrested and charged with rape, murder and trespassing. If convicted, he could be executed or jailed for life.
      The girl suffered severe burns, Sivakumar said.
      "They were in a relationship for over a year," Abhishek Yadav, the chief investigator in the case, told CNN. An investigation is underway to determine why he allegedly set her on fire, Yadav said.
      The horrifying assault took place a day before International Women's Day.