A GIRL has died after she was allegedly gang-raped by her fiancee's friends before being set on fire after her family could only offer a £182 dowry.
The unnamed 17-year-old from Shantibar, India was set to marry alleged killer Ajoy Rudrapal, 23, tomorrow – but sadly died from her injuries in hospital.
The girl is reported to have been rescued by neighbours and taken to Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital in New Delhi early Saturday morning where she died from her injuries.
Ajoy had previously called the girl's mother and said her daughter had tried to commit suicide by setting herself alight.
The 17-year-old's devastated parents have since accused Ajoy of torching their daughter after they failed to come up with the £500 dowry they demanded.
The couple had met on social media with Ajoy proposing to her on Divali, at the end of October with the pair then eloping.
But the girl's family claimed she was then held for a ransom as Ajoy and his mother torured her before he invited a group of men over to gang rape her.
They claim they had tried to contact police but were not given any help.
However, news of the horrific crime spread once the girl was hospitalised, with a vigilante mob gathering to take on the killer.
Ajoy and his mother are reported to have been subject to attacks by the furious mob before cops intervened, and arrested Ajol.
Officer Jal Singh Meena told The Times of India: "The main accused in the case, Ajoy, was arrested at the hospital and later brought to Shantirbazar Police Station.
"The girl was set ablaze on Friday evening. Investigation is on."
The news follows a sickening string of rapes and femicides in the country as anti-rape protests sweep the nation, calling for action.
Earlier this week a rape victim was set ablaze on her way to court – as she went to testify against her attackers.
The woman is reported to have walked nearly a kilometre looking for help while 95 per cent of her body burned, eventually calling the police herself.
The attack was the second major case of violence against women in the past two weeks, has sparked public outrage in India.
Just days before the attack, four men
confessed to the murder and gang rape of a woman whose body they set on fire, police have said.
The charred remains of the 27-year-old vet were found underneath a bridge in the town of Shadnagar, near Hyderabad, in November.
The murder led to thousands taking to the streets to protest against the murder, many comparing it to the rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012.
The four attackers were later shot dead by cops after an alleged scuffle.
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