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A three-month-old baby is now suffering from severe burn injuries after a man reportedly threw the child into a bonfire in Muzaffarpur on Sunday. The man was trying to make sexual advances at the mother who was sitting outside her home.

According to the Times of India, the incident happened in the Buchanan police station area as the woman was sitting near a bonfire outside her home. The man, whose identity remains unknown, allegedly sat beside the mother and tried to sexually harass her.

When the woman resisted, the man snatched the baby from her lap and threw it to the fire. The baby suffered severe injuries and was taken to the Sadar Hospital for treatment, authorities said.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against the man according to Deputy Superintendent of police Baidyanath Singh. He was booked under IPC sections 307 (murder attempt), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint).

However, the woman’s husband contests that the local police station did not lodge an FIR at first. It was only made when he approached Senior Superintendent of Police Jayant Kant.

An investigation into the matter has been launched only when Kant intervened. It was only here when an immediate arrest on the suspect was made.

This comes not long after a 12-year-old was raped by four men and set on fire in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district last January 3. The four were booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to the father of the girl, the four suspects forced their way into their home and raped the 12-year-old. They then set her on fire in the house and disposed of her body later, The Hindustan Times reported.

The father also added that it was not the first time that the men raped her. The first time first sexually abused the girl on Dec. 23 which was filmed and use to blackmail the girl into having sex with them.

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