Grief sweeps the girl's native village

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 09:00 hrs
Brave gang-rape dies; nation mourns

Ballia: Grief and anger swept the native village of the Delhi gangrape victim whose body was cremated in the national capital away from public glare.

"We expected that her last rites would be performd at her native village but it seems that God wished otherwise," Mandwara Kalan village head of Mandwara Kalan Shiv Mandir Singh said.

The girl's uncle said though cremation was held in Delhi, other rites would be performed at her native village in Ballia district.

He said the girl's family would return here from the national capital in the next two days.

The village head said a condolence meeting was held to pray for peace of the departed soul.

He also said there was resentment among locals over the gangrape and people demanded stern punishment for the accused.

A relative of the victim said her family would continue to strive till capital punishment was given to the accused.

The villagers had expected that the cremation of the 23-year-old braveheart would be held at the village after some police officers reached her home yesterday.

A pall of gloom descended on the village in the district yesterday as soon as the news of her death came in.

The girl, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi, died in a Singapore hospital early Saturday morning after battling for life for 13 days.

Since the news of the incident came, locals had been praying day and night in a local temple for early recovery of the girl.

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