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Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal Meet Dalit 9-Year-Old's Family, CM Announces Magisterial Probe

The girl was allegedly raped, murdered and forcible cremated by a Brahmin priest and three crematorium workers.

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New Delhi: A day after news broke about a nine-year-old Dalit girl’s alleged rape, murder and forced cremation in Delhi, several political leaders visited the family to express solidarity and assure justice.

The girl was allegedly raped and murdered by the Brahmin priest and three crematorium workers at a cremation ground when she went there to fetch drinking water. Her mother has alleged that the priest locked her into the cremation ground when she reached the site, and set the young girl’s body on fire without her consent.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met the family and asserted that he is with them on the path to justice and “will not back down even an inch”. After meeting the victim’s family, the former Congress chief said the family is demanding nothing but justice and is saying that they are not getting it and need all the assistance in this.

“I told them that Rahul Gandhi is standing with them till they get justice and will not back down even an inch,” he told reporters after meeting the parents of the victim. Asked with whom does the responsibility lie in the case, Gandhi said, “I only know that it is my job to help them.”

Later, in a tweet in Hindi, he said, “Her parents’ tears are saying only one thing – their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them on this path to justice.”

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday too met the family said the Delhi government will order a magisterial inquiry into the girl’s death. The chief minister also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for her family.

“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.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has launched an inquiry into the incident that took place in southwest Delhi 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.

Hundreds of locals, including the victim’s parents, have been staging a protest near the site of the incident, demanding capital punishment for the accused.

Police had on Monday said that based on the statement of the victim’s mother, rape charges have been added in the FIR. Four people, including the priest, have been arrested.

On Tuesday, opposition parties targeted Union home minister Amit Shah over the incident, questioning the law and order situation in the national capital. Gandhi had also tweeted on Tuesday about the incident, saying a Dalit’s daughter is also the daughter of the country.

(With PTI inputs)