: An 18-year-old girl, who had set herself ablaze after being raped by a neighbour in her house in Semmanarkoil here on Saturday night, died at the Mayiladuthurai Government Hospital, late on Sunday evening.

The accused, 20-year old Kabilan, a labourer, trespassed into the girl’s house, when she was alone and sexually assaulted her at knife point. Humiliated by the assault, the girlwho had lost her father and was living with her mother, doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire. The accused has since been absconding. The accused is said to have been engaged in odd masonry jobs in Chennai and elsewhere.

Earlier, police had registered charges under 376 of IPC and also under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), which may later be revised once the exact age of the girl is ascertained.

Speaking to The Hindu , Inspector Ramesh Kumar said Section 306 of IPC will be added to the charges.