Acid attack victim cremated with state honours

Acid attack victim cremated with state honours

A 23-year-old woman acid attack victim was brought to the national capital on Monday and cremated with state honours, in northwest Delhi’s Narela on Monday.

She had succumbed to her injuries on Sunday at a Mumbai hospital.

Preeti Rathi, a former resident of Narela, who was working as a nurse in a defence hospital in Mumbai, was cremated around 5 pm after day-long protests by her family and local residents demanding a CBI probe into her murder.

“She was cremated only after a senior government official assured that our demands would be met,” said Amar Singh Rathi, the victim’s father and a foreman at the Delhi Government-run electricity plant Bhakra Beas Management Board.
State honours

He said apart from the inquiry by the top investigation agency, he sought a government job for a family member and laying his daughter to rest with state honours.

Preeti’s body arrived in Delhi at around 7.45 am on Monday. The family members refused to perform the last rites until a CBI probe was ordered.

They marched with her coffin-borne body to G T Karnal Road from Narela. Police intervened when they disrupted traffic on the highway.

The family cremated her at 5 pm after an assurance that their demands would be met by the area’s sub-divisional magistrate.

Some unidentified assailants had thrown acid on Preeti after she alighted from the New Delhi-Mumbai Garib Rath Express in Mumbai on May 2 morning. She had gone to Mumbai to report for her nursing job in a defence hospital.

She died of injuries at a private hospital in Mumbai on Sunday.

A family member said they had met Maharashtra home minister R R Patil, who declared a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the victim’s kin and assured that the case would be handed over to the CBI soon.

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