The parents of a teenage Delhi girl who died after being stabbed 35 times by two stalkers have demanded her killers should be hanged even as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the central government for the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the national capital.
The 19-year-old died on Thursday after two brothers who had been stalking her for several years allegedly attacked her in Anand Parbat area while she was out shopping with her mother. She was repeatedly stabbed in the face, neck, back, chest and stomach and died later in hospital.
Speaking after Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the girl’s parents, her mother said: “A compensation of Rs 5 lakh can't bring my daughter back. I want justice. They should be hanged.”
The girl’s family, including her mother and father, said they will not settle for "anything less" than justice. They said that for them, justice meant the "hanging" of the men who killed the girl.
The teenager’s father said the family had complained to police about his daughter being subjected to "abuse and vulgar comments" by the attackers, but no action was taken.
"They were arrested once by the police on our complaint at Kamla Market police station, after which they started venting their anger by showering abuses on her whenever they liked," he said.
Hindustan Times is not naming the girl or her parents for reasons of privacy.
A neighbour of the victim and her close friend alleged that the mother of the alleged attackers was present when the girl was stabbed but police took no action against her.
The two brothers – Jai Prakash and Ajay Prakash – have been arrested by police. Police are also looking into the role of their mother Shashi Bala.
Chief minster Kejriwal on Saturday sought a report on the murder from Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi and held the Union government responsible for the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the city.
"I will summon the Delhi Police commissioner on Monday. If Delhi Police is not accountable to the elected government, how will law and order be maintained?" said Kejriwal, who visited the girl’s family.
"The Delhi home minister has asked the police commissioner to submit a report within 48 hours."
Kejriwal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should either improve law and order in Delhi or hand over Delhi Police to the city government.
Delhi Police reports to the Union home ministry.
The city government blamed Delhi Police for the killing and said it could have been averted if police had provided security to the girl who repeatedly filed complaints against the accused.
"The family of the deceased girl had filed numerous complaints against the accused Jai Prakash since 2013 with police, alleging that he used to stalk the deceased and traumatise her, but no FIR was registered by police," home minster Satyendra Jain wrote in a letter to Bassi.
The letter said "it was beyond comprehension that a crime has been perpetuated in the capital city despite prior complaints. Police in a way abetted the crime by their inaction.”
The Delhi government has also ordered a magisterial probe into the matter.