Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met the family of the nine-year-old Dalit girl raped and murdered in Delhi’s Cantonment area by a priest and his three companions on Sunday, and whose body was forcibly cremated by her perpetrators.
Gandhi posted a video of the victim’s parents on his Instagram account in which he is seen consoling them in his car. He wrote: Justice is the only way to bear this misery. Justice should be done soon, I am with them in this.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi said he spoke with the family and they want nothing but justice. They’re saying justice is not being given to them and that they should be helped. Gandhi said he will help the family and stand with them until they get justice, he told news agency ANI.
Shortly afterward he tweeted: Her parents’ tears are saying only one thing – their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them on this path of justice.
A nine-year-old Dalit 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.