Protests erupted in many parts of India after a 19-year-old gang rape victim from a Dalit community was cremated against her family’s wishes.
The 19-year-old victim of the Dalit community – the lowest rung of the ancient Hindu caste system – was attacked and raped on September 14 in a field near her home in Hathras district, 100 km (62 mi) from the capital New Delhi. is. , Officials said.
He died in hospital on Tuesday from injuries sustained during the attack. Police arrested four people in the rape case.
Neither the police nor government officials allowed the family to cremate the victim at her ancestral village in the state of Uttar Pradesh at around 2 pm on Wednesday (20:30 GMT Tuesday), the victim’s brother told the Reuters news agency. Asked for.
“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 stationed behind barricades formed using police force. We could not even see the face of our dead sister. ”
The victim and her brother are not being identified due to laws against naming women victims of sexual violence.
Police and government officials in the woman’s home district did not respond to requests for comment.
The crime has caused outrage in India, where violence against women and so-called “lower castes” is endemic. The victim’s brother said that the accused men were members of a privileged caste in the village.
Uttar Pradesh, ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is the most vulnerable state for women in the country. In December last year, a 23-year-old Dalit woman was abducted by a gang of men as she made her way to a Uttar Pradesh court to quell rape charges.
Meanwhile, protesters in Hathras met police, who charged them with sticks, a witness said.
Protesters who scramble with the police in New Delhi to save themselves from the new coronovirus, while protesters in Kolkata burned a large photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, known for his anti-Muslim profanity goes .
Adityanath has ordered a high-level police investigation into the incident.
The case was the latest in a case of horrific crimes against women in India, which has given it a dismal reputation as being one of the worst places in the world.
According to the latest government data released in January, in 2018 in India, on average, every 15 minutes a woman reported being raped.