India police say teen raped, set on fire by alleged stalker

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Indian youths point out the spot where a teenage girl was found after being allegedly raped and then set of fire in Greater Noida near the Indian capital New Delhi on March 8, 2016. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI – Police say a 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a village outside the city.

Police say a 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping and attempting to burn the girl to death in Tigri village, near the New Delhi suburb of Noida.

A police report describes how the girl’s parents found her with severe burns, after hearing her screaming from the rooftop terrace before dawn on Monday.

The victim told police she was raped, beaten and then set on fire by a man who she said had been stalking her for months, the Associated Press reports.

The incident is just one of several recently reported cases of rape against women or children in India.