4 men charged in rape and murder of 9-year-old girl in India

The unidentified girl from an impoverished, low-caste family went missing while fetching water from a well at the crematorium in Purani Nangal village on the outskirts of Delhi, India.

A 9-year-old girl was gang-raped, murdered and thrown on a funeral pyre in India — with a priest and three crematorium workers charged with the crime that has sparked four days of angry protests and calls for the death penalty, according to local reports.

The unidentified girl from an impoverished, low-caste family went missing Sunday night while fetching water from a well at the crematorium in Purani Nangal village on the outskirts of Delhi, her mother told the Hindustan Times.

The mom said that when she went to find her daughter, she was met by priest Radhe Shyam, a 55-year-old family friend, who told her that the girl had been electrocuted and died.

Shyam took her to see her daughter’s body stretched out on a bench at the crematorium, where three other men were waiting, she said.

“Her eyes were closed, her lips were blackish, her nose was bleeding and water was oozing out of her mouth,” the mom told the paper, noting there was “no mud or dirt on her clothes.”

Source: 4 men charged in rape and murder of 9-year-old girl in India