Priest, 3 Others Chargesheeted in Minor Dalit Girl's 'Gangrape and Murder' in Delhi


The Delhi Police have filed a chargesheet within the Old Nangal space case the place a 9-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and killed by a priest and three others, inside a crematorium, earlier this month. The closing report named a 55-year-old priest of a crematorium and three of its workers as accused. All 4 males have been arrested within the case.

A senior police officer from the crime department instructed CNN-News18 that they’ve accomplished the investigation and submitted a chargesheet in courtroom.

“The chargesheet, on this case, has been submitted in opposition to the 4 arrested males in report time holding in view of the sensitivity of the case. All 4 are nonetheless in jail. The chargesheet has been filed and will probably be thought of in courtroom on Tuesday,” said a senior police officer, who wished not to be named.

The incident took place on August 1, when the 9-year-old girl had gone to a crematorium near her house in the Old Nangal area to fetch cold water from a water cooler. A few hours later a priest working at the crematorium and three others informed the child’s mother that she died of electrocution.

The priest and the other men then advised the girl’s mother not to report the accident to the police, saying that this would lead to a case and eventually a postmortem, where the girl’s organs will be stolen. The men then started cremating the girl but the mother raised an alarm and called her husband. Over 100 villagers also gathered at the crematorium and the police were informed.

A police team that reached the spot recovered the child’s half-burnt body from the pyre and sent it for medical examination. A case was registered by the police and all four men were arrested.

The next day, however, in her statement the mother also alleged that the four men had raped her daughter. Following these allegations, police further added sections of the POCSO Act and IPC 376D for gang rape in the case. Investigations of the case were then transferred to the crime branch.

Three days later, on August 4, the locals and parents of the girl had held massive protests in the Old Nangal area, close to the crematorium, the crime spot.

The same morning, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met the girl’s parents. Gandhi had assured her parents of all legal help possible in the case. Later in the day, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also met the parents and even announced an ex-gratia of rupees 10 lakh for the family.

A senior police officer said a special investigation team (SIT) was formed for expeditious and professional investigation.

“All technical and other evidence were analysed and brought on record. Senior officers also supervised the investigation on day to day basis. The chargesheet has been submitted after detailed inspection, forensic examination and thorough investigation,” the officer added.

During the investigation, scientific, technical and different evidences have been gathered and analysed, in addition to recording testimonies of related witnesses. Besides, help was taken from Forensic Science Laboratory, Rohini in addition to Delhi Police’s Forensic Experts on Biology and Odontology. Forensic Psychologists have been additionally engaged throughout interrogation of the accused.

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