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 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 identified traditionally as “untouchable.”
Intestine-wrenching particulars concerning the girl’s accidents have been broadly reported within the Indian press, in addition to on social media, drawing new consideration to the nation’s pervasive rape tradition, notably towards Dalit girls.
Earlier than she died, the lady named 4 males from her village as her rapists. All 4 males had been reportedly arrested on Sept. 27.
Within the early hours of Sept. 30, the lady’s physique was introduced again to her village from New Delhi. Her household alleges that law enforcement officials refused at hand over her physique in order that they may carry out closing rites, as an alternative forcibly — and hurriedly — cremating her in the midst of the evening.
The girl’s brother gave an interview to the Indian Specific at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday. “It seems that my sister has been cremated; the police will not be telling us something,” the brother advised the Specific. “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, reveals a lone pyre burning at midnight with no relations current, whereas law enforcement officials push reporters away from the scene.
Cops from town of Hathras didn’t reply to calls from BuzzFeed Information. In a tweet on Wednesday, the division mentioned members of the lady’s household had 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 occasion 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 lady’s rapists.