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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets kin of girl allegedly raped, killed; announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today each met the family of the nine-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in the city's Cantonment area on Sunday, and whose body was forcibly cremated.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets kin of girl allegedly raped, killed; announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia-dnm
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 4, 2021, 1:05 PM IST

As protests seeking justice for the 9-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped, killed and forcibly cremated on Sunday, continued in South West Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met the family members of the victim and assured that culprits would get strict punishment.

Kejriwal said, "I met her parents. Her loss can't be compensated for but Delhi govt will provide them Rs 10 Lakhs ex-gratia. We'll order magisterial inquiry & appoint top lawyers so that culprits get strict punishment."

The Delhi Police have arrested four persons on charges of raping and killing the nine-year-old girl and then cremating the body at a village crematorium near Delhi Cantonment on Sunday evening, the police said.

Radhey Shyam (55), a priest at the cremation ground, and three other employees – Kuldeep Kumar (63), Laxmi Narain (48) and Mohd Salim (49), were arrested on Monday.

Meanwhile, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also met the family inside his car and said, “I spoke with the family... they want justice and nothing else. They're saying justice is not being given to them and that they should be helped. We will do that. I said 'I am standing with you. Rahul Gandhi is standing with them until they get justice'," Rahul told news agency ANI.

"Parents' tears are saying only one thing — their daughter, the daughter of the country deserves justice. And I am with them on this path of justice," he tweeted separately.

On Sunday evening, the girl had gone to get water from a cooler at a crematorium near her house. Police said that around 30 minutes later, the priest, Radhey Shyam, and two-three other people known to the girl’s mother called her and showed her the girl’s body, claiming that was electrocuted while getting water.

On Tuesday, people from different walks of life, including a political leader, former top cop, and professional wrestler, joined the protest to press for the family's demand for justice. The parents of the girl accompanied by hundreds of locals staged a protest on Tuesday near the site of the incident, demanding capital punishment for the accused.

The Delhi Commission for Women has launched an inquiry into the incident and summoned the city police after the girl’s parents alleged that she was raped and her body was forcibly cremated by a crematorium priest who had falsely claimed that she was electrocuted.

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