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Protests in Delhi over girl’s alleged rape, murder, forced cremation

Protests in Delhi over girl’s alleged rape, murder, forced cremation

dpa
New Delhi
The Delhi government on Wednesday ordered a judicial probe into the alleged rape, murder and forced cremation of a 9-year-old girl as protests over the incident continued for a fourth day in the Indian capital.
Police have arrested four men including a Hindu priest at a crematorium and charged them with gang rape, murder and other charges based on information given by the parents.
The girl’s parents have claimed that the 9-year-old had gone to the crematorium in the Nangloi area of Delhi to fetch water from a cooler.
“When she did not return for a while they went to search for her and around that time they received a phone call saying she had been accidentally electrocuted at the crematorium while getting the water,” a senior police officer said.
The girl’s mother claimed when she reached the place she found her child with bruise marks on her body and suspected she had been raped and killed.
The mother told the police that the priest and the other workers at the crematorium forcibly cremated the body.
When the child’s father reached the site with others and pulled the girl’s body out, most of it had been burned, making it impossible to ascertain during a post mortem whether she had been raped, police said.
The girl’s parents belong to the community of Dalits or former untouchables and they make a living from begging and menial daily work.
More than 100 people gathered outside the crematorium on Wednesday demanding justice for the victim.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the family would be given financial help of 10 lakh rupees (13,485 dollars) and renowned lawyers would be appointed for the case.

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