New Delhi: The family of a 16-year-old girl who was gang raped and later allegedly set ablaze in Madhyamgram in West Bengal Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and demanded death for the guilty.
“The president assured that he will do whatever he can to ease our pain. We want the guilty to be hanged till death and nothing less,” the father of the girl told IANS outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after meeting Mukherjee.
“We are getting death threats in Bengal and if anything happens to us, the chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) would be responsible for not protecting us,” added the girl’s brother-in-law.
They alleged that the West Bengal government was forcing them to leave West Bengal and settle in Bihar.
“We will never leave our home and will keep fighting for justice even if we die in the process,” the father said.
The family was accompanied by Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat, who demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the matter.
Yechury termed the West Bengal government’s attitude as “insensitive”.
“I have never seen such shameless and insensitive attitude (from a government),” he said.
The girl, hailing from Bihar, was raped twice by a gang in October in Madhyamgram of North 24-Parganas district. She breathed her last Dec 31 at the state-run R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted with severe burn injuries Dec 23.
Police have slapped murder charges against two accused, now in custody, based on the girl’s dying declaration that the duo set her ablaze.
The ruling Trinamool Congress has termed the incident a campaign of “misinformation unleashed by the opposition parties”.