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'Police pushed for early cremation of gang-rape victim'

New Delhi, Dec 30, 2012 (IANS):
Mourners walk past policemen as they arrive at a cremation ground to attend the funeral of a rape victim after her body arrived from Singapore, in New Delhi December 30, 2012. The body of a woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India arrived back in New Delhi early on Sunday. The unidentified 23-year-old medical student died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage. She had suffered brain injuries and massive internal damage in the attack on December 16, and died in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment. REUTERS photo

Delhi Police "forced" the family of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim to cremate her body before sunrise after she was flown here from Singapore early Sunday, a local BJP leader alleged.

"The family members refused to cremate the body before sunrise. But they where forced by the police to do the cremation. The family where forced to do the last rites before sunrise," Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Vijender Gupta, who participated in the last rites, told IANS.

The body was taken to Mahavir Enclave in south Delhi, the residence of the victim, and the rites were performed before the cremation took place at a crematorium in Dwarka's Sector 22 amid heavy deployment of police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel.

"With heavy police presence, the body was cremated around 7.30 a.m. today (Sunday) morning, as the (girl's) family members refused to cremate the body at 6.30 a.m (when it is still dark). The cremation was delayed and it was finally performed at 7.30 a.m.," Gupta added.

A special Air India aircraft carrying the body of the victim touched down at the Delhi airport at 3.30 a.m. The parents of the woman accompanied the body.

The woman was tortured and gang-raped by six men Dec 16. She was in the Safdarjung Hospital here for 10 days before being flown to Singapore for treatment when her condition deteriorated. She died early Saturday.


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