Nine-year-old girl is 'gang-raped', murdered and set on fire while fetching ...

Nine-year-old girl is 'gang-raped', murdered and set on fire while fetching ...
Nine-year-old girl is 'gang-raped', murdered and set on fire while fetching ...

The death of a nine-year-old girl after she was allegedly gang-raped, murdered, and set on fire while fetching water for her parents has sparked four days of protests in India

The girl, who has not been named, was sent by her mother to fetch water from the nearby crematorium in New Delhi on Sunday evening. 

An hour later, she was found dead with wet clothes, a bloodied nose, bruised hands and arms, and blue lips, on the crematorium floor. 

A Hindu priest and three accomplices have been accused of raping, killing, and forcibly cremating the nine-year-old girl.

The death of a nine-year-old girl after she was allegedly gang-raped, murdered, and set on fire while fetching water for her parents has sparked four days of protests in India

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The death of a nine-year-old girl after she was allegedly gang-raped, murdered, and set on fire while fetching water for her parents has sparked four days of protests in India

A Hindu priest and three accomplices have been accused of raping, killing, and forcibly cremating the nine-year-old girl in an incident which has sparked protests in New Delhi

A Hindu priest and three accomplices have been accused of raping, killing, and forcibly cremating the nine-year-old girl in an incident which has sparked protests in New Delhi

Protesters this week have burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of failing to condemn the alleged rape

Protesters this week have burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of failing to condemn the alleged rape

The body was discovered by her mother who went searching for her only child after she failed to return more than an hour after she was sent to fetch water. 

The mother told the BBC she found her daughter's body on the crematorium floor but was not allowed to take it away. 

Three suspects, including a Hindu priest, closed the gates and refused to let her leave, she said. 

 The trio told her not to phone the police, claiming officers would 'steal her organs and sell them' and also demand an autopsy. 

Instead, they forcibly cremated the corpse. 

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The girl's father and around 150 villagers put out the pyre, but only managed to save the girl's legs - meaning police may never be able to prove if she was raped.      

The girl was a member of the Dalit class, formerly known as the untouchables, and made a living begging outside a Sufi Muslim shrine. 

The alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in New Delhi has been branded a caste crime by members of her community, sparking four days of protests

The alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in New Delhi has been branded a caste crime by members of her community, sparking four days of protests

Activists of the Bheem Army stage a candle march protest against alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl

Activists of the Bheem Army stage a candle march protest against alleged rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl

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