Kolkata gangrape: Daughter killed, grieving family seeks justice in Delhi

Bengal victimMy daughter wanted to study, become an officer, says victim's father. (Praveen Khanna)

The 16-year-old girl, who was gangraped twice in West Bengal and then set ablaze, wanted to study and become a government officer. That was the reason why the family moved to Madhyamgram near Kolkata after she completed class VI in a village school in Bihar, according to her family.

"My daughter wanted to study, she wanted to become an officer. She used to keep telling me, 'Ma, I want to go to Kolkata to study'. That is why we moved to Madhyamgram. We wanted her to study and realise her dreams. She was a lively girl, a great cook. She would help me with the household work, and she was so pretty," her mother told The Indian Express. "After all this happened, the only words she uttered were 'Ma, please get them hanged'."

The teenager was gangraped twice in October last year and then, after the family shifted house to escape the accused, she was allegedly set on fire by her assailants. She died of burn injuries last month, triggering protests across the state. The state government has alleged conspiracy in the highlighting of the crime.

"We were about to enrol her in a school near the airport after we shifted. We wanted her to get over what happened and continue her studies. Then this happened," said the mother, who arrived in Delhi with her husband on Tuesday to seek punishment for the killers of her only daughter.

After the girl died, the family members alleged that police put pressure on them to carry out the last rites quickly. They alleged that they were threatened, and when they complained to police, they were asked to move back to Bihar.

On their arrival in Delhi, as the girl's father approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) and then met President Pranab Mukherjee, demanding a CBI probe, the mother, who has been unwell since her daughter's death, stayed indoors.

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