Sharmila gangrape: Unidentified villagers pour petrol, light Jind rape victimís pyre

Jind rape: The shocking incident of self-immolation by 16-year-old Sharmila after being gangraped by neighbours on Saturday has brought to fore alleged insensitive response on the part of the authorities.

The victim's father, Balraj said that while Sharmila was dying, hospital authorities demanded that he either produce a BPL card or pay Rs 7 per km for an ambulance to transfer her from Narwana civil hospital to Rohtak's PGIMS. Worse, after she died and her body was handed over to her father, Sharmila's body was reportedly straightaway taken to the cremation ground and it was alleged that even as Balraj was talking to some people, one unidentified man poured petrol on the pyre and another person lit it.

Balraj said, "While I was crying for help, the Narwana civil hospital authorities did not bother to make any arrangements. When villagers threatened them with dire consequences, they told us that an MLC (medico-legal case) has been registered and they will make arrangements to shift her to Rohtak's PGIMS. A few minutes after reaching Rohtak PGIMS, she was declared dead."

Narwana DSP Rameshwar Kumar, however, countered the allegation. "I was there with the senior medical officer of the hospital, and we made adequate arrangements to send the girl to Rohtak's hospital."

It was alleged that the girl's body was not allowed to be taken to her home, In fact, Balraj was unaware when his daughter's pyre was lit by a villager.

Haryana Police personnel were deployed in the village on Saturday night to maintain law and order, and they reportedly persuaded villagers to expedite the cremation.

The body was brought back to the village from Rohtak's PGIMS in a taxi hired by the victim's family.

While villagers were waiting for the body to arrive at the victim's home, the police allegedly influenced the family to take the body straight to the cremation ground located on the outskirts of the village.

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