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PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE AFTER CREMATION OF GANG RAPE VICTIM

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NEW DELHI/ LUCKNOW Protests erupted in several parts of India on Wednesday after the authoritie­s had the body of a gang rape victim cremated at a ceremony her family said took place without their permission.

The 19- year- old victim from the Dalit community — the lowest rung of India’s ancient caste system — was attacked and raped on Sept. 14 in a field near her home in Hathras district, 100 km from New

Delhi, authoritie­s said.

She died in hospital on Tuesday. Police have arrested four men in connection with the rape.

“We were put behind the barricades they formed using the police force. We could not even see the face of our dead sister,” the victim’s brother said.

Praveen Kumar Laxar, a district magistrate, denied that the cremation had taken place without the family’s permission. Police and government officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The rape has caused outrage in India, where violence against women and those of lower castes is endemic. Protesters in the Uttar Pradesh city of Hathras were met by police who charged them with batons, a witness said.

Angry protesters, many wearing masks to ward off the coronaviru­s, scuffled with police in New Delhi.

 ?? Anushree Fadna vis / Reuters ?? A demonstrat­or is detained by police Wednesday during a protest in New Delhi after the cremation of a rape victim.
Anushree Fadna vis / Reuters A demonstrat­or is detained by police Wednesday during a protest in New Delhi after the cremation of a rape victim.

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