New Delhi: First brutal gang rape, then awful end and now questions arising over the last rites of the 23-year-old gang rape victim who succumbed to her injuries in Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital on Saturday.
A day after the nation bade bid final adieu to the 23-year-old with tearful eyes, controversy has begun to insolence the sentiments of thousands of protesters demanding justice for the braveheart.
As per sources, the traumatised parents and relatives of the gang rape victim were unhappy over the manner in which her last rites were performed.
Sources said that the authorities wanted the last rites to be performed at 6.30 am but their plan did not materialise as the victim’s family objected the move citing Hindu traditions that did not allow cremation before sunrise.
Hence, the father of the victim lit the funeral pyre at 7.30 am at a crematorium in Dwarka sub city.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party, BJP, has also raised questions over the ‘hush-hush’ manner in which she was cremated.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Performing the last rites in a hush-hush manner was avoidable. We understand the right of privacy. But this raises lot of curious questions."
Echoing similar views, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Vijender Gupta alleged that the Delhi Police ‘forced’ the family to cremate her body before sunrise.
“The family members refused to cremate the body before sunrise. But they were forced by the police to do the cremation. The family was forced to do the last rites before sunrise," said Gupta, who participated in the last rites.
The mortal remains of the gang rape victim were consigned to flames away from the public glare in a highly confidential manner, shortly after her body was received by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the IGI airport here at 3 am on Sunday morning.
Amidst heavy deployment of Delhi Police, BSF and Rapid Action Force personnel in riot gear, the body was taken to victim’s house in Mahavir Enclave, and rituals were performed swiftly before being taken to the crematorium at Dwarka Sector 24.
Heavy restrictions and deployment of security forces in view of law and order problems and presence of political big wig including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, Minister of state for Home Affairs R P N Singh, West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra, Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta also prevented the near and dear ones in the neighbourhood of the victim’s family to pay their last tribute.