The victim of a gangrape and murder which triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across India was cremated at a private ceremony on Sunday, hours after her body was flown home from Singapore.
The cremation plans were kept a secret till the last moment as police apprehended a large gathering may cause problems.
Fearing law and order problems, authorities also wanted the last rites to be performed at 6.30am but their plans did not go through as Hindu traditions did not allow cremation before sunrise.
At 7.30am, the emotional father of the victim, who fought a brave battle for life for 13 days, lit the funeral pyre in the presence of her brothers, relatives and others.
Police had approached the officials of New Indian Education and Cultural Society running a crematorium in Dwarka at around 10pm on Saturday and told them to arrange for cremation at 6.30am on Sunday.
“We were told about the victim. We made arrangements. Our priest Vijender Sharma guided the rituals.
“The cremation was planned at 6.30am but as per Hindu traditions, we cannot conduct such rituals before sunrise. So we had to wait till 7.30am,” Sunil Kumar, manager of the society, said.
After performing rituals at home, the body was taken to the crematorium in an ambulance with similar security arrangements.
A senior police official said the security arrangements were made to ensure that the cremation takes place peacefully.
There were violent protests last weekend following the gangrape and brutal assault on the 23-year-old girl.
The family and relatives were brought to the crematorium in a bus accompanied by police.
At the crematorium, the entrance was blocked for public and media.
Source: Hindustan Times
Protestors throng Jantar Mantar
Thousands of protestors thronged Jantar Mantar here on Sunday and prayed for the 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who was cremated here early Sunday morning in the presence of her family, some government dignitaries and officials.
A ”havan” was held at the protest site at Jantar Mantar here, with priests performing prayers invoking peace for the departed soul and protection for the women of the country.
Prem Das Tripathi, a priest who conducted the prayers, said the government’s apathy towards the issue was a matter of shame.
unidentified gang-rape victim who became the global face of courage in the face of savage odds died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday.
Protesters are expected to gather at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital also.