Protests erupted in several parts of India after a 19-year-old victim of a Dalit community gang rape was cremated against her family’s wishes.
Protests erupted in several parts of India after the body of a 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 the Hatras neighborhood, 100km (62 miles) from the capital New Delhi, authorities said. .
She died at a hospital on Tuesday from injuries sustained during the attack. Police arrested four men in connection with the rape.
“We asked 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 placed behind the barricades that they formed with the help of the police. We couldn’t even see the face of our dead sister. “
The victim and her brother were not identified due to laws against naming victims of sexual violence.
Police and government officials in the woman’s hometown did not respond to requests for comment.
The crime has sparked outrage in India, where violence against women and so-called “lower castes” is endemic. The victim’s brother said the accused men were members of a privileged caste in the village.
Uttar Pradesh, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party, ranks as the most dangerous country for women in the country. Last December, a 23-year-old Dalit woman was set on fire by a gang of men on her way to court in Uttar Pradesh to raise rape charges.
Meanwhile, protesters in Hatras were greeted by police, who charged them with truncheons, a witness said.
Angry protesters, heavily wearing masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, clashed with police in New Delhi while in Kolkata, protesters burned a large photo of Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, who is known for his anti-Muslim hate speech.
Adityanath has ordered a high-level police investigation into the incident.
The case was the latest in a series of heinous crimes against women in India that have given it a grim reputation as one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.
One woman reported rape on average every 15 minutes in India in 2018, according to the latest government figures released in January.