The Lahore High Court on Thursday called for a judicial report on a media report that a 13-year-old girl was set on fire after a failed rape attempt.
The LHC directed the Rahim Yar Khan district and sessions judge to investigate the matter and submit a report regarding steps taken by the police in this regard.
The child’s father has told the police that his daughter had gone to visit a friend. Her brother had greeted her at the door and asked her to wait. While she waited, he had attempted to rape her. When she raised alarm, he had doused her in kerosene oil and set her on fire then fled from the scene.
He said some neighbours had heard her scream and rushed to the house. One of them informed her parents. She was taken to the district headquarters hospital and later to Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan.
Doctors treating her said she had 50 per cent burns.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2013.