Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault and murder, and may be triggering for some readers.
The incident was the latest in India where sex attacks on women continued to occur on an almost daily basis despite an international outcry over the fatal gang-rape of a student in 2012.
Police had arrested six men over the latest attack, which occurred after the 15-year-old girl stepped outside her home in Uttar Pradesh state on November 16.
The girl’s family had told police that a gang of men dragged her back inside the house after she objected to their lewd gestures and attempts to touch her, local superintendent RK Sahu said.
The men then doused her in kerosene and set her on fire as punishment in Shahjahanpur village, 277 kilometres south-east of New Delhi, according to the family.