Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, 10 August, approved compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the 9-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped, murdered, and forcibly cremated, in Delhi Cantonment’s Old Nangal area.
Just a day earlier, on Monday, a Delhi court sent the four accused to three-day police custody.
Additional Sessions Judge Ashutosh Kumar remanded the four accused –Kuldeep Singh, Laxmi Narayan, Radhey Shyam, and Mohd Salim Ahmad – for custodial interrogation until 12 August.
The minor, who lived with her parents near the crematorium, was sent by her mother to get water from the crematorium at around 5:30 pm on 1 August.
At around 6 pm, Radhey Shyam, and other accused called and showed her the girl’s body, claiming that she had died after getting electrocuted while getting water.
"She went to fill water in the evening. When she did not come back for a long time, we all kept searching for her. The priest then called me and said that she was electrocuted. He said that if we go to the cops or hospital, they will steal her kidney. He said he will do her cremation for free. I saw the burnt body of my daughter and was in shock. Please give me my daughter back."Gudiya's Mother to The Quint
DCP (Southwest) Ingit Pratap Singh said that as per the girl’s mother's statement, an FIR has registered under IPC Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 201 (destruction of evidence), 342 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention), as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, SC/ST Act, and IPC sections 302 (punishment for murder), 376 (punishment for rape), and 506 at the Delhi Cantonment police station.
Sources told The Quint that a three-member panel which conducted the post-mortem on the child's body could "not ascertain the cause of the death" as most of the body was burnt – after the alleged forceful cremation of the girl.