In a horrific incident, a man in India threw a 3-month-old baby into the fire after the mother rejected his sexual advances.

The baby was rushed to a local hospital with severe burn injuries to the legs. Police said the woman was sitting near a bonfire when the man tried to sexually harass her. When she protested, the accused snatched the baby from her and threw her into the bonfire, the Times of India reported. The incident took place in the state of Bihar on Sunday.

The accused was charged with attempt to murder, assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty, voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint, police said.

The woman's husband told local media that the police initially refused to file a case. He then approached a senior officer. The identities of the victim and the accused were not revealed.

Despite stricter laws in India against attacks on women, the country continues to see a rise in sexual assault cases. Strict laws were imposed following the 2012 gang rape case of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi.

Last month, a woman's headless body was found in a jungle in India. The injury marks on her body made police suspect that she might have been sexually abused before being killed. According to Catch News, police also found a few empty bottles of alcohol near the scene.

"Whether she was sexually assaulted or not will be ascertained after post-mortem. Prima facie it seems the body was dumped at the said spot after the murder at some other place," Ranchi Rural Superintendent of Police (SP) Naushad Alam said at the time.

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