Hundreds Protest Over Alleged Rape of Nine-Year-Old Low-Caste Girl in India

The alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl from India’s lowest caste has sparked a third day of protests in the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday.

Hundreds of protesters have denounced the crime in India’s capital with banners reading “give justice to the little girl.” They are demanding the death penalty for the four men accused of the crime.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Tuesday that the alleged attack was “barbaric” and “shameful”.

Opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also tweeted on Tuesday that “a Dalit’s daughter is also the daughter of the country.”

The 200 million-strong lowest caste Dalit community has been the recipient of discrimination and abuse in India, with attacks increasing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The girl had gone to the crematorium located near the family’s home in southwest Delhi, on Sunday to fetch water. The four suspects allegedly called the girl’s mother to the crematorium and told her the girl had been electrocuted.

The girl’s family told local media she was cremated without their consent and believed she was assaulted by a priest and three crematorium workers. 

The National Crime Records Bureau shared that an average of nearly 90 rapes of girls and women were reported in the nation of 1.3 billion every day in 2019.

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