The household of a 19-year-old lady 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 identified traditionally as “untouchable.”
Intestine-wrenching particulars concerning the lady’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 towards Dalit girls.
Earlier than she died, the girl 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 girl’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 remaining rites, as a substitute forcibly — and hurriedly — cremating her in the course of the evening.
The lady’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 should not telling us something,” the brother informed the Categorical. “We begged them to allow us to convey 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, exhibits a lone pyre burning at nighttime with no members of the family current, whereas law enforcement officials push reporters away from the scene.
Cops from the town of Hathras didn’t reply to calls from BuzzFeed Information. In a tweet on Wednesday, the division stated members of the girl’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 get together 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 girl’s rapists.