Rape victimís ashes will be immersed in Ganga today

A day after the cremation of the 23-year-old woman who died of injuries inflicted during her torture and gangrape on board a bus in south Delhi, her family collected her remains and flew to Varanasi.

They are headed to Buxar in Bihar where they will immerse her ashes in the Ganga on New Year's Day. From Buxar, they will go to their native village in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh.

Members of the family boarded a SpiceJet flight on Monday afternoon. The air tickets for the family were bought by West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra. He and his men also arranged cars to take the family to the airport. The family also bought flowers for the rituals at the river.

"Everything went off smoothly. I am the area MP, I wanted to do something for the family. We also arranged a taxi for them at Varanasi airport. We will help them in any way we can," Mishra told Newsline.

Family members have told police officers in Delhi that they will be away until the second week of January.

Earlier, the woman's brother had said they had been trying to book train tickets on Sunday but could not reserve berths.

"We could not get confirmed tickets. So my father spoke to someone. By early morning, we were told our flight tickets had been confirmed. A car was also arranged for the journey to Buxar. Our other relatives are following us, they have taken a train. Their tickets too were confirmed," the brother said.

He said after immersing his sister's ashes early Tuesday morning, the family would proceed to their native village in Ballia for other rituals.

He said the health of his mother, who had been admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital on Sunday after his sister's body was taken to the crematorium, remained a major concern. "She keeps weeping. Doctors have prescribed medicines for a week, they will help her sleep. But she has high fever, and my father is very worried about her," he said.

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