India: Protesters clash with police after cremation of rape victim | India


Protests erupted in parts of India after the body of a gang rape victim was cremated late at night, against the wishes of her family.The 19-year-old victim from the Dalit community – the lowest rung of the ancient Hindu caste system – was attacked and raped on September 14 in a field near his home in Hathras district, 100 km away ( 62 miles) from the capital, New Delhi. , the authorities said.

She died in hospital on Tuesday from injuries sustained in the attack. Police arrested four men in connection with the rape.

The victim’s brother told Reuters news agency that neither police nor government officials requested permission from the family to perform final rites for the victim in his state hometown from Uttar Pradesh around 2 a.m. (8:30 p.m. GMT Tuesday) Wednesday.

“We begged the authorities and the police that we wanted to perform the last rites in the morning, but they did not listen to us and the last rites were performed by them,” he said.

“We were put behind the barricades they formed using the police. We couldn’t even see the face of our deceased sister.

The victim and her brother are not identified due to laws prohibiting the naming of victims of sexual violence.

Police and government officials in the woman’s home district did not respond to requests for comment.

The crime has sparked outrage in India, where violence against women and those of so-called “lower castes” is rampant. The victim’s brother said that the men accused were all from a privileged caste in the village.

Uttar Pradesh, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ranks as the most dangerous state for women in the country. Last December, a 23-year-old Dalit woman was set on fire by a gang of men as she walked to a court in Uttar Pradesh to file a rape complaint.

Meanwhile, protesters in Hathras were greeted by police who charged them with batons, a witness said.

Angry protesters, many of whom wear masks to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus, argued with police in New Delhi in Kolkata, protesters burned a large image of Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, known for his anti-Muslim hate speech.

Adityanath ordered a high-level police investigation into the incident.

The case was the latest in a series of horrific crimes against women in India that have given her a sad reputation as one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.

A woman reported rape every 15 minutes on average in India in 2018, according to the latest government data released in January.


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