A judge-led probe has been ordered into the alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Delhi, amid growing public outrage over the Indian government’s silence on the horrific case.
As protests continued for a fourth day during a new probe into India’s sexual harassment issue, opposition politicians, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who met the girl’s family on Wednesday, and prominent Dalit politician Mayawati sought justice. Demanded
Other politicians have demanded action from Interior Minister Amit Shah. No ruling party politician or minister has yet expressed any regret or concern.
Delhi provincial government chief Arvind Kejriwal, who also heads an opposition party, has ordered a judicial review of the case. He called on the central government to take action against the criminals. “Top lawyers will be busy punishing the culprits. If the central government takes strong steps to improve law and order in Delhi, we will co-operate fully,” Kejriwal said on Twitter.
Responding to public outcry, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights has called for a police report within 48 hours. The Delhi Commission for Women has summoned police officers to explain what action they want to take. Many Bollywood celebrities have expressed their hatred on social media.
The gruesome details of the case have frightened Indians, renewing anger and frustration over the seemingly never-ending sexual violence against women.
Police allege that the girl, who belongs to a Dalit (a lower caste) family, died on Sunday while fetching water from a cemetery near her home in the city’s cantonment area. Her family told the media that the perpetrators performed the last rites of her body against her will.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the girl’s murder. He added that he was charged with murder, rape and criminal intimidation.
The girl’s parents allege that four crematorium employees raped and killed her.
When the mother saw her daughter’s body, it was alleged that all four claimed that she had been accidentally electrocuted near a water tap and warned her not to report the death to the police. Its organs will be stolen.
First, the mother – shocked and overwhelmed – agreed to his immediate burial proposal. They even found a red cloth to wrap.
Meanwhile, the mother’s cry was heard and about 200 villagers from the village heard her and suspected that her daughter was being abused. She started extinguishing the fire.
However, doctors who performed the autopsy on Tuesday said the fire had made it impossible for them to determine the cause of death.
Hundreds of people have protested since the incident, blocking roads and demanding accountability for the deaths.
Forced burial brings back memories of a mass rape in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, last September, when a Dalit woman, who was attacked by upper-caste men, was buried by police at night without the family’s consent. Had given
Despite the public outcry over the country’s urgent need for how men treat women, observers have expressed frustration that little has changed. An example of this is that some judges, although few in number, continue to believe that marrying the person accused of rape is the “solution” to their problems.
Rajesh Rai, 24, was arrested last August in Uttarakhand for raping a young woman. He was allowed out of his court on conditional bail when he agreed to marry his victim.
The two families agreed to marry as a way to protect their “honor”. In June, he took his wife on a “holiday” to the Himalayan resort town of Nainital and allegedly pushed her down the mountain to her death.
As recently as March, the then Chief Justice, Sharad Arvind Bobade, faced calls for resignation after being asked during a bail hearing whether the rape accused would marry the complainant.
Violence continues as old attitudes persist. In 2018, there were approximately 34 34,000 rape reports, for which official statistics were available.
Dalit leader Chandra Shekhar Azad, head of the Bhim Army Dalit Rights Organization, said protests against the girl’s rape and murder would continue until Shah agreed to a “fast track” court to provide speedy justice. Goes
“Look at the Hathras case. A year later, no one has been convicted yet. If this can happen to little girls in the country’s capital, what hope is there for women in the countryside?”
Azad’s group lit candles at India Gate at 5pm on Wednesday. In addition to the severe punishment, he wants the government to pay Rs 1 million in compensation and give a family member a government job.
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