Police clash with protesters after cremating body of gang rape victim “without permission” – World News

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The family of a woman who died after being allegedly gang raped said police cremated her body without permission.The victim’s brother said the cremation was carried out late at night against the wishes of his family, who had wanted to perform their own funeral rites. Local officials deny this.

A reporter who watched the cremation told BBC News that police had kept his family and media away from the funeral pyre.

Police have imposed emergency laws in the village in Uttar Pradesh state after clashes between protesters and police broke out following his cremation.

Journalist Abhishek Mathur told the BBC he saw police beat up members of the girl’s family as they tried to view her body, saying even women in the family were hit.



Security personnel restrain protester



Protesters burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during protests

Another witness said the police used batons during the clashes.

Twenty-five people have been arrested in connection with the unrest, according to a police briefing report seen by Reuters.

The woman was assaulted in Hathras, India two weeks ago and died of her injuries Tuesday morning at a Delhi hospital.

She had cut grass near her home when she was seized by four men, authorities said.



Activists at a demonstration against the death of gang rape victim

The gang reportedly dragged her into a field and brutally attacked her, leaving her with multiple fractures to her neck and paralyzed.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the crime.

The victim’s brother said it took police 10 days to make arrests after the rape.

“She was left for dead,” the brother told BBC Hindi. “She fought for her life for 14 days. “



Security personnel outside Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where the woman died

The woman was part of the Dalit caste, considered “untouchable” and ostracized by society.

Members of the woman’s family told the Indian Express newspaper that the accused had a history of harassing Dalits in their area.

Rape and sexual violence have been in the spotlight in India since a horrific attack in Delhi in 2012 in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally raped and tortured on a bus.

The attack led to huge protests and changes to the country’s rape laws, but sadly, cases of crimes against women and girls remain common.

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