The parents of the West Bengal girl, who died of burn injuries inflicted by her alleged rapists, will on January 7 meet President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.
“Shyamalda (senior CITU leader Shyamal Chakraborty) approached the office of the President and we have been given time. We would narrate to him the entire incident and seek justice,” said Anand, the brother-in-law of the victim.
The death of the girl, who was 12 years according to the school records in Bihar, has sent shock waves across the country.
The victim was gang-raped on two consecutive days in October in Madhyamgram area of 24 North Parganas district, hounded out of the neighbourhood and then set ablaze on December 23. She succumbed at hospital on December 31.
The entire incident of brutality and administrative callousness was played out over a period of five weeks, and topped off by the police attempting to cremate the body without a death certificate and against the parents’ wishes.
On Friday, the All India Democratic Women’s Association, the women’s wing of the CPI(M), alleged the girl was raped thrice, and not twice, before being set ablaze and murdered.
“The post mortem report has hinted that the victim could have been tortured before being set ablaze. The police are yet to ascertain whether she was physically tortured or sexually tortured. But the post-mortem report claimed that she had injuries in her private parts,” alleged Minati Ghosh, state secretary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association.
Ghosh also said that they are planning to approach the President to apprise him of the deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal, rising incidents of crime and violence against women and the alleged police insensitivity that has further aggravated the condition.
It may be recalled that people of Kamduni village had also met the President after a 20-year-old girl was raped and murdered in June 2013.
On Saturday, a team of BJP leaders from Bihar met the parents of the victim. They demanded a CBI enquiry into the incident and assured the family of financial assistance to fight the legal battle that lies ahead. The family has, however, refused to accept any financial help in this regard, a relative of the victim claimed.
Earlier, the president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, Pradip Bhattacharjee, demanded a CBI enquiry into the incident.
On January 2, the Nitish Kumar government of Bihar announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the victim’s family. An inspector general of police sent by Nitish to Bengal has returned and submitted a report on the crime to the government.
The North 24 Parganas district unit of the CPI(M) has also announced financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the family.
All these moves have peeved Trinamool Congress government in Bengal. While chief secretary Sanjay Mitra deplored “the tendency to do politics over the girl’s body”, the state urban development minister and Mamata Banerjee confidante Firhad Hakim lashed out at the Bihar government for its gesture.