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Moga molestation: Girl's family agrees to autopsy, cremation

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Moga (Punjab), May 3: The family of the 13-year-old girl who died after she was molested and pushed out of a private bus owned by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s company on Sunday agreed to her post-mortem examition and cremation. The father of the girl and some members of her family said they agreed to the post-mortem examition, and that her body will be cremated later on Sunday.

Chaos prevailed at the Civil Hospital complex in Moga town on Sunday as local authorities and the police tried to get the consent of the family for conducting the post-mortem examition and cremation. Moga Deputy Commissioner Parminder Singh Gill said the family has agreed to the post-mortem examition and cremation. “The post mortem will be the most crucial piece of evidence related to the death of the victim,” he said. Heavy police deployment was made outside and inside the hospital complex Sunday afternoon as scores of people protested the authorities’ bid to pressurise the victim’s family to give its consent for a post-mortem examition followed by cremation.

Though the girl, Arshdeep Kaur, a Dalit, died on Wednesday evening, the family had refused to allow her autopsy and cremation till the owners of the Orbit Aviation transport company, implying Sukhbir Badal and others, were booked. The row continued for the past three days. Protesters, including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists, alleged that the authorities and police under pressure from the Badal family had coerced the victim’s father to give consent for the autopsy and cremation. They alleged that the government had offered to pay a compensation of Rs.20 lakh and a government job to a kin of the victim. Following pressure from various quarters, police arrested four people, including three staff members of Orbit transport company. They were booked for murder, attempt to murder and molestation. Buses of the Orbit transport company were taken off the road in Punjab on Saturday following orders from Sukhbir Badal.(IANS)

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