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Family seeks justice for gang-raped teen
QMI Agency


First posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:08 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:25 PM EST
The family of an Indian girl who was allegedly gang-raped twice and died after she was set on fire has met with the president, who has promised to seek justice.
The 16-year-old girl said she was gang-raped in October. She went to police to report it and was allegedly raped by the same group of men as she returned home. She and her family were allegedly tormented and threatened until Dec. 24. That's when, it was reported, the girl set herself on fire.
But a new report from the BBC (external - login to view) on Tuesday said the girl actually told police two people, who were friends of the suspected rapists, set her on fire. She died on New Year's Eve.
The unidentified girl's father told the BBC, "Till my last breath, the sole aim of my life will be to get justice for her."
Protests broke out in Calcutta on Jan. 1 after police took the teen's body to be cremated against the wishes of the family. The body was later returned to the family.
Police have been accused of covering up the alleged rapes because those said to be involved have links to West Bengali's ruling party.
The family met with President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday and a family member later told the BBC he had vowed to help.
"I cannot settle with anything less than death penalty," the victim's father told reporters, the English-language Mumbai-based website DNAIndia reported (external - login to view).
Women hold candles during a special prayer ceremony to pay homage to a Delhi gang-rape victim, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad in this December 14, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS/Amit Dave)

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