Amid the massive public outcry over the death of a 16-year-old girl who was gangraped twice and later set ablaze, the West Bengal government on Thursday condemned politics over her body and claimed it had fully cooperated with the bereaved
“The police and state government fully cooperated with the family. We also helped them in the cremation... whatever help they had asked for,” Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra said in a press statement.
Stating that the government was “committed to zero tolerance for sexual violence,” he said, “Six people have been arrested. We will press for maximum punishment.”
He claimed that there was no negligence in the victim’s treatment as alleged by the victim’s family. “I can tell you there was no evidence of medical negligence. A six-member medical board was looking after her. She was in trauma care and isolation centre. She died of multiple organ failure,” Mitra said, adding that the government will provide financial and other assistance to the family of the victim.
Without naming the Left leadership, he criticised them for wanting to take out a procession with the body.
“The government is fully with the bereaved family. However, at this point, I would wish to deplore the tendency to create politics over a dead body,” he added.
The girl’s father, a taxi driver, had yesterday alleged that police took away the body from a mortuary for cremation but could not do it as the death certificate was him. He also alleged that police had issued threats to them to leave the state and return to Bihar.
However, Mitra claimed that “all protection was given” to the family.