NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Delhi government will order a magisterial inquiry into the death of a nine-year-old Dalit girl following an alleged sexual assault.
The chief minister also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the girl.
“Our girl cannot come back. The injustice done to the family is unfortunate and cannot be compensated, but the government will give Rs 10 lakh to them and order a magisterial inquiry into the matter,” he told reporters after meeting the family.
“There is a need to strengthen law and order in Delhi. I appeal to the central government to take firm steps in this direction,” he said.
In a tweet, the chief minister said that the government will appoint top lawyers to ensure the guilty is punished.
DCP South West Ingit Pratap Singh, said, “They received a PCR call on Sunday at around 10.30 pm at Delhi Cantonment police station regarding rape and death of a minor girl and her body being cremated. The caller also informed that around 200 villagers have gathered at the crematorium in Old Nangal.” “Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The girl’s mother gave her statement and a case was registered under relevant sections. The priest was taken into custody. FSL team and crime team were called to collect any evidence from the spot,” the DCP added.
Police said the girl lived with her parents a rented house near the crematorium. “At around 5.30 pm Sunday, she went to get cold water from the cooler in the crematorium after informing her mother. At around 6 pm the crematorium’s priest Radhey Shyam and three others known to the girl’s mother called her to crematorium and showed the girl’s body stating that she got electrocuted while having water from the cooler. They also pointed out the burn marks between her left wrist and elbow, and the blue colouring of her lips,” said the official.
The priest and others convinced the woman that if she makes a PCR call, the police will make a case out of it and during post mortem the doctors will steal all organs of the girl. They allegedly made her agree that it was better to cremate the body. Thus, the body was cremated. However, the girl’s parents later alleged she was cremated without their consent. Subsequently, villagers gathered at the spot and one of them alerted the police,” said the DCP. “The priest has been taken into custody after registering a case. Samples have also been collected. Further investigation is under on,” said DCP Singh.
Four people, including the priest, have been arrested, they said.
Only the burnt legs of the girl were recovered from the crematorium ground and the post-mortem report is awaited.
(With ENS, PTI inputs)