“The girl was lying on a bench there, they told her mother that look, her lips are blue and her body is burnt from the lips down to the wrist,” Singh said. The mother was told that her daughter had been electrocuted while trying to fetch water.
Shyam and three other crematorium employees convinced the mother to cremate the body, claiming it would be a hassle to involve the police, said Singh. The girl’s body was cremated, with her parents present.
But the incident sparked outcry in their village, and after the parents returned home, 約 200 villagers gathered demanding justice.
That same night, police arrested four men alleged to be involved in the girl’s death. They have yet to be charged, but have been remanded to judicial custody for two weeks, Singh said. Police are investigating the crime as an incident of caste violence, and are also investigating allegations of rape made by the victims’ family and other villagers.
に India’s caste-based social hierarchy
, Dalits refer to those belonging to oppressed castes
, and have been referred to as
“アンタッチャブル” 過去には. They experience severe discrimination
, and are often victims of sexual violence and assault
India’s caste system was officially abolished in 1950, but the 2,000-year-old social hierarchy imposed on people by birth still exists in many aspects of life. The caste system categorizes Hindus at birth, defining their place in society, what jobs they can do and who they can marry.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, tweeted a statement on Tuesday night after facing accusations of silence. “The murder of the 9-year-old in Delhi after being ravaged is extremely shameful,” 彼が書きました, calling for the death sentence for the perpetrators. “I will meet the victim’s family tomorrow and do everything possible to help them in this fight for justice.”
Shaktisinh Gohil, a member of parliament from India’s main Congress Party, has asked for the incident to be discussed during the ongoing parliamentary session.
Dalit women at risk
The protests began Sunday night in the area where the rape took place, but have grown as anger spread.
火曜日に, some protesters burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as anger grew over his silence on the issue and the perceived failure of the government to protect young girls from the country’s persistent rape problem.
No senior leaders of Modi’s ruling Bhartiya Janta Party have commented on the incident so far.
Protesters included men, 女性と子供, some wearing masks with a cross over the mouth to signify silence from the country’s leaders.
The parents of the 9-year-old girl attended the protests on Wednesday, sitting on a makeshift stage with supporters from their village.
Activists and opposition politicians have taken to Twitter to highlight the ongoing problem of sexual violence against women and caste atrocities, which have persisted for decades despite concerted efforts to combat the issue.
“The daughter of a Dalit is also the daughter of the nation
,” ツイート Rahul Gandhi
, a member of parliament and the former president of India’s main opposition party
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau
, より多い 32,000 cases of alleged rape were reported in the latest available figures from
2019 — one rape roughly every
17 分. But experts say that the real number is likely much higher
, owing to the shame attached to sexual assault and the social barriers faced by victims
The number skyrockets when taking into account other crimes against women, like sexual harassment, voyeurism, attempted rape or other types of assault.
Those in low-ranking and oppressed castes — 約 201 million people out of India’s 1.3 billion population, according to government figures — are especially vulnerable, say human rights organizations and activists.
ほぼ 46,000 cases of crime against oppressed castes were reported in
2019, そのうちの 3,486 cases were registered as rape
, による crime records bureau.
Several similar cases sparked outrage and nationwide protests last October
, いつ a 22-year-old Dalit woman died of severe injuries in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state after being allegedly gang raped
. その同じ日, another 19-year-old Dalit woman died in the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh after she was allegedly gang-raped and strangled by upper-caste men in a separate incident
, and her body allegedly cremated without the family’s consent
The month before that
, 別の 13-year-old Dalit girl was raped and murdered in Uttar Pradesh
, stirring fresh anger among the Dalit community
India’s rape laws have been amended several times in the past decade, after a number of heavily publicized rapes and murders shone a global spotlight on shocking rates of sexual assault in India. しかしながら, activists say the existing laws still fail to protect women, and many of the problems associated with India’s rape crisis continue.
“Sometimes our sisters are forcibly burnt in Hathras and sometimes in Delhi
,” said Chandra Shekhar Azad
, leader of the prominent Dalit rights group Bhim Army
月曜日に. “Our struggle will continue until we get justice.