Indian Police Forcibly Cremated Rape Sufferer, Household Alleges
The family of a 19-year-old woman in India has accused police of burning her body after she was killed and injured in a rape.
The victim is said to have been raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh, North India state, on Sep. 14. She died two weeks later at a hospital in New Delhi. It was Dalit, a group that was discriminated against in India historically as “untouchables.”
Many of the harmful effects of the mother’s injuries have been widely publicized in Indian newspapers, as well as on television, to attract new attention to the culture of rape, especially to Dalit women.
Before she died, the woman identified four men from her village as rapists. All four men are said to have been arrested on September 27.
As early as September 30, the woman’s body was repatriated from her home from New Delhi. His family said police refused to hand over his body for the final rites, instead of forcing – and immediately – burning him in the middle of the night.
The woman’s brother interviewed Indian Express at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. “Apparently my sister has been burned; the police are not telling us anything, “the brother told the Express. We begged him to let us take his body to the house, but he would not listen. “
Pictures taken from the crematorium, which have been widely circulated on Twitter, show the only ashes burning in the dark without family members, with police pushing journalists away.
Police from the city of Hathras did not respond to a call from BuzzFeed News. In a tweet Wednesday, the department said members of the woman’s family were present at the crematorium.
The horrific news has angered Indians, with activists and students rallying protesters in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, as well as opposition leaders seeking to oust the Prime Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he has called on the government to ensure that “strong action” is taken against the woman’s perpetrators.