|Family of Indian gang rape victim secure protection order
A court in India ordered protection for the family of a schoolgirl who was gang-raped twice and then burned to death, the father said.
The family sought protection from the High Court in eastern Kolkata after vowing to fight for justice for their 16-year-old daughter, who died on New Year's Eve after being set ablaze.
The father says his family has been threatened by members of the gang which raped his daughter on October 26 and then again the next day.
The second rape occurred as she was returning home in the town of Madhyagram, 25 kilometers north of Kolkata, after reporting the first attack at a police station.
The family moved house but gang members tracked them down, before allegedly setting their daughter on fire on December 23 at their home. She later died in hospital.
“I am satisfied and confident that we will get justice for our daughter,'' the father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told AFP by phone from Kolkata after the court's order.
The High Court ordered the state to provide adequate protection to the family after hearing its petition, which also asks that the Central Bureau of Investigation take over the case.
The family travelled to New Delhi earlier this week to meet President Pranab Mukherjee.
“I am also satisfied with the assurances I received from the honorable president. What else can I demand?'' the father told AFP.