Kolkata Gangerape victim cremation sparks row

Kolkata Gangerape victim cremation sparks row
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Kolkata Gangerape victim cremation sparks row, Left parties and Kolkata Police were on Wednesday involved in a tussle over the cremation of the body of a 16-year-old gang-rape victim, who died in a city hospital after attempting suicide.

KOLKATA: Left parties and Kolkata Police were on Wednesday involved in a tussle over the cremation of the body of a 16-year-old gang-rape victim, who died in a city hospital after attempting suicide.
The girl, who had been brutalised twice on October 25, had died at government-run city hospital on Tuesday from burns sustained when she tried to immolate herself on December 23.
The girl's father, who is a taxi driver and close to CITU, onThursday said it was decided by the family and the trade union that the body would be kept at Peace Haven mortuary in the city and a condolence rally with the body will be taken out during the day.
But the body was taken away forcefully by the police for cremation when it was being taken to the mortuary late on Tuesday night without the family's consent, the girl's father and CITU sources said.
"The police took away the body forcefully and tried to cremate it at Nimatala crematorium but could not as the death certificate was with the girl's father. After the news spread we too rushed to the crematorium and protested forcing the police to retreat," CPM state secretariat member Rabin Deb told PTI.
"The police gave the excuse that the condolence rally with the body cannot be allowed as there is dearth of policemen due to New Year celebrations," he said.
However, police have denied the allegations. "It is a totally false allegation. Whatever was done was done in consultation with Bidhahnagar Police, under whose jurisdiction the girl's house falls, and the family members. We did not forcefully take away any body," joint commissioner of police (Headquarters) Rajeev Mishra told PTI.
When contacted, deputy comissioner of Bidhannagar Police (Detective Department) Arnab Ghosh said, "The incident happened in the jurisdiction of Kolkata police so we can't comment on it."
The body is presently in the custody of the family and the CITU, which has decided to go ahead with the condolence rally in the city in the afternoon.
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