The household of a 19-year-old girl in India accused the police of forcibly cremating her physique after she died of accidents on account of rape.
The sufferer was allegedly raped by 4 males in Uttar Pradesh, a state in North India, on Sept. 14. She died two weeks later at a hospital in New Delhi. She was Dalit, a still-marginalized caste in India recognized traditionally as “untouchable.”
Intestine-wrenching particulars in regards to the girl’s accidents have been extensively reported within the Indian press, in addition to on social media, drawing new consideration to the nation’s pervasive rape tradition, significantly towards Dalit ladies.
Earlier than she died, the girl named 4 males from her village as her rapists. All 4 males have been reportedly arrested on Sept. 27.
Within the early hours of Sept. 30, the girl’s physique was introduced again to her village from New Delhi. Her household alleges that cops refused at hand over her physique in order that they may carry out ultimate rites, as a substitute forcibly — and hurriedly — cremating her in the midst of the night time.
The lady’s brother gave an interview to the Indian Categorical at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday. “It seems that my sister has been cremated; the police aren’t telling us something,” the brother informed the Categorical. “We begged them to allow us to carry her physique inside the home one final time, however they didn’t hearken to us.”
Video footage from the cremation floor, which has gone viral on Twitter, exhibits a lone pyre burning at the hours of darkness with no relations current, whereas cops push reporters away from the scene.
Law enforcement officials from the town of Hathras didn’t reply to calls from BuzzFeed Information. In a tweet on Wednesday, the division mentioned members of the girl’s household have been current on the cremation floor.
The horrific incident has outraged Indians, with activists and college students gathering to protest the police’s actions in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, and leaders of the opposition social gathering asking for the resignation of Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly requested the state to make sure that the “strictest motion” is taken towards the girl’s rapists.