Child Rights Body Demands Actions Against Rahul Gandhi For Tweeting Photos Of Dalit Rape Victim’s Parents


New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in trouble for publicising his meeting with the parents of a 9-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in the national capital.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Wednesday issued a notice to Twitter India after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted photos with the parents of the victim.

According to ANI, the Commission said Rahul Gandhi’s tweet violated guidelines of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

“The tears of her mother and father say just one thing – their daughter, the country’s daughter, deserves justice. And I am with them in this path to justice,” Gandhi tweeted after meeting the family. He said he is with them on the path to justice and “will not back down even an inch.”

Asked with whom does the responsibility lie in the case, Gandhi said, “I only know that it is my job to help them.”

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has launched an inquiry into the incident and summoned the city police after the girl’s parents alleged that she was raped and her body was forcibly cremated by a crematorium priest who had falsely claimed that she was electrocuted, news agencies reported.

Photo courtesy: Twitter

On Sunday evening, the girl had gone to get water from a cooler at a crematorium near her house. Police said that around 30 minutes later, the priest, Radhey Shyam (55), and two-three other people known to the girl’s mother called her and showed her the girl’s body, claiming that was electrocuted while getting water. The girl’s mother said the accused had told her that if she informed the police, a post mortem would take place, and the girl’s organs would be removed. They then forced her to cremate the body.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also met the minor’s family and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case. He also announced a Rs 10 lakh compensation for the kin.

He also said the Centre should take steps to strengthen law and order in Delhi. “We will support the Centre in this step,” he tweeted.

The BJP on the other hand accused Rahul Gandhi of using the case for “furthering” his political agenda, and asserted that the law and order machinery has moved swiftly to deliver justice to the victim’s family.

Not to be left behind, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati has also demanded strict action against the culprits in the case.

“The brutal murder of a nine-year-old Dalit girl after rape and then burning her body in Delhi is very sad and shameful,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. “BSP demands strict action against the culprits and necessary steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister added.

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