The household of a 19-year-old girl in India accused the police of forcibly cremating her physique after she died of accidents because 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 concerning the girl’s accidents have been extensively reported within the Indian press, in addition to on social media, drawing new consideration to the country’s pervasive rape culture, notably in opposition to Dalit ladies.
Earlier than she died, the lady 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 lady’s physique was introduced again to her village from New Delhi. Her household alleges that cops refused handy over her physique in order that they might carry out remaining rites, as a substitute forcibly — and hurriedly — cremating her in the course of the night time.
The girl’s brother gave an interview to the Indian Express at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday. “It seems that my sister has been cremated; the police usually are not telling us something,” the brother informed the Specific. “We begged them to allow us to deliver her physique inside the home one final time, however they didn’t take heed to us.”
Video footage from the cremation floor, which has gone viral on Twitter, exhibits a lone pyre burning in the dead of night with no relations current, whereas cops push reporters away from the scene.
Law enforcement officials 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 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 celebration 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 in opposition to the lady’s rapists.