Politics over minor gangrape victim’s death

Kolkata, Jan 1 (IANS) The death of a minor gang-rape victim here took a political colour Wednesday after the opposition CPI-M accused the police of trying to forcibly cremate the victim’s body against the family’s wishes.

The Trinamool Congress has rejected the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s accusation.
The girl who was allegedly raped twice in October and had subsequently set herself on fire as she was unable to bear the taunts and threats by her alleged molestors, succumbed to her injuries Tuesday in a government hospital here.
The victim’s father – a taxi driver – said he would meet governor M.K. Narayanan seeking death penalty for the rapists.
Shyamal Chakrabarty, president of the CPI-M-affiliated CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions), and the victim’s father have accused the police of trying to forcibly cremate the body.