A nine-year-old girl was raped and murdered and her body was forcibly cremated by her four men including a priest in Delhi’s Old Nangal village. The accused identified Radhey Shyam (priest), Kuldeep, Laxmi Narain and Salim have been arrested by the Delhi police and sent to judicial custody. The probe into the case is on. The locals are holding protests against the crime, demanding justice for the nine-year-old.
The minor girl, who belonged to the Dalit community, lived with her parents in Purana Nangal in the Delhi Cantonment area, close to the crematorium. On Sunday, she had gone to the crematorium to fetch some cold water from the water cooler at around 5.30 pm and never returned.
Around 6 pm, the crematorium’s priest, and three others, known to the girl’s mother, called her to the crematorium and showed her daughter’s body claiming that she got electrocuted while getting water from the cooler.
The child’s mother said that there were burn marks on her wrist and elbow and her lips had turned blue, a senior police official told news agency PTI.
The priest and his companions dissuaded the girl’s mother from making a call to police, saying they will register a case and during the post-mortem, doctors will steal the girl’s organs, so it was better to cremate her, the officer said.
The girl was eventually cremated but the child’s parents raised a hue and cry that it was done without their consent. A crowd of 200 villagers gathered there and a PCR call was made from the spot, the police said.
Delhi’s Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Monday visited the bereaved family of the minor girl and assured them of a magisterial inquiry if the police do not investigate the incident properly.
Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad condemned the incident and tweeted that their struggle will continue till justice is done, His team also visited the victim’s family on Monday and offered their support.
However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the incident after almost 24 hours. He tweeted: The murder of a 9-year-old child in Delhi after the brutality is very shameful. There is a need to improve law and order in Delhi. The culprits should be given capital punishment at the earliest. Going to meet the victim’s family tomorrow, will do everything possible to help the family in this fight for justice.
Meanwhile, people on social media compared the incident with Hathras gang-rape in which a 19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped and killed by four upper-caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Boolgarhi village last September.
The complaint has been registered under section 164 of the CrPC. SC/ST Act and POCSO Act will be added in the FIR, the police said.
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