Rahul Gandhi Meets Family Of 9-Yr-Old Dalit Girl ‘Gang-Raped’, Killed

New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met the family of the nine-year-old Dalit girl who was raped and murdered in Delhi’s Cantonment area on Sunday.

Gandhi tweeted yesterday, calling the young girl “the nation’s daughter” – a pointed reference to accolades showered on India’s women Olympians, who have been widely referred to as “the country’s daughters” after their medal-winning exploits in Tokyo.

Notably, the nine-year-old girl was raped and killed allegedly by a priest and three male employees of a crematorium near Delhi Cantonment in south-west Delhi, who then cremated her body allegedly without her parents’ consent or the police being informed. Police said the four men were arrested after the child’s family alleged foul play and staged a protest along with fellow villagers on Sunday night.

The four men were booked for murder, rape and criminal intimidation, a case regarding which was registered under Indian Penal Code’s sections 302, 376 and 506, in addition to relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the SC/ST Act.

They four men were identified as Radhey Shyam, the 55-year-old priest of the crematorium, and three employees Salim, Laxmi Narayan and Kuldeep, who are all known to the girl’s mother, said deputy commissioner of police (south-west) Ingit Pratap Singh.

Police said nearly 200 villagers reached the crematorium on Sunday night and carried out a protest till Monday evening, demanding that the arrested persons be booked on rape and murder charges.

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