Hathras horror has been repeated again in the Delhi Cantonment in southwest Delhi. A nine-year-old Dalit girl has been allegedly gang-raped by a priest and three others. The brutality didn’t end there. While the victim was unconscious, the four men allegedly burnt her alive. They cremated her without the consent of her parents.
There were burn marks between her left wrist and elbow. Her lips were also blue. The police have recovered the burnt legs of the girl from the crematorium ground. The incident has led to massive protests seeking justice for Delhi Cantt Girl.
The victim, who lived with her parents in a rented house in front of a crematorium in Old Nangal village, reportedly went to fetch water from a cooler at the crematorium on Sunday at around 5.30 pm. But she failed to return and then, the accused informed the victim’s mother that her daughter got electrocuted.
The watercooler spot was also examined thoroughly by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team. “When checked by an electrician and analysed experts, prima facie, a heavy flow of current was observed from the cooler,” said an FSL official. But the cremation of the minor’s body without the consent of her family members is raising many questions
Victim’s Family Threatened
“They told her that the girl was electrocuted to death while having water from the cooler. They showed her the burn marks on her daughter’s wrist and elbow, and said her lips had turned blue. The four men asked the girl’s mother to not inform the police about the death. They told her that the police will register a case and the body will be sent for an autopsy, during which doctors will remove her vital organs and sell them. The four then cremated the body,” told DCP Ingit Pratap Singh.
The four accused include
- Radhey Shyam, the 55-year-old priest of the crematorium
- Laxmi Narayan
They have been booked under Section 302, Section 376, and Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code, in addition to relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the SC/ST Act.