Four men including a Hindu priest are charged with ra and murdering a nine-year-old girl in India
Four men, including a Hindu priest, have been charged with ra and murdering a nine-year-old girl in India.
The girl, who has not been named, was sent by her mother to fetch water from the nearby crematorium in New Delhi on August 1.
The men, who were arrested on August 2, have been formally charged with rape, murder, and destruction of evidence, among other crimes.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said they could face the death penalty if found guilty, according to CNN.
The girl's death sparked four days of protests in India, after her mother found her body an hour after she left to fetch water.
She was found dead with wet clothes, a bloodied nose, bruised hands and arms, and blue lips, on the crematorium floor.
The body was discovered by her mother who went searching for her only child after she failed to return more than an hour after she was sent to fetch water.
The mother told the BBC she found her daughter's body on the crematorium floor but was not allowed to take it away.
Three suspects, including a Hindu priest, closed the gates and refused to let her leave, she said.
The trio told her not to phone the police, claiming officers would 'steal her organs and sell them' and also demand an autopsy.
Instead, they forcibly cremated the corpse.
The girl's father and around 150 villagers put out the pyre, but only managed to save the girl's legs - meaning police may never be able to prove if she was raped.
The girl was a member of the Dalit class, formerly known as the untouchables, and made a living begging outside a Sufi Muslim shrine.
The alleged rape has sparked widespread anger in India.
Protesters burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of failing to condemn the alleged rape.
Kernowforever, Saltash, United Kingdom
You would have thought that when they executed four rapists who murdered their victim last year that this would have had a chastening effect on others. But obviously not in the case of these sick monsters.
Eric Pode, Croydon, United Kingdom
When I was much younger I wanted to see India after seeing the beautiful scenery in a photography book, but I can never go there because of their attitude towards women.
WendyThomas, Cheshire, United Kingdom
What must that poor little girl have suffered... I hope they suffer every second of their evil, miserable lives and then ROT in hell..
River Clyde, Somewhere over the rainbow, United Kingdom
What the hell is wrong with some of the men in this country. Totally no respect for any female woman or child.
Littleted01, Eaglesham, United Kingdom
Female life is so cheap over there, disgusting behaviour.
Dennis143, U.K. , United Kingdom
There are some evil people in the world. I just hope there's a special place in hell for them.
liloleme, ORGTON, United Kingdom
Pure evil! The death penalty isnt enough
mlattard, Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Death penalty is a must. This poor child must have suffered such extreme pain and fear before they took her innocence and her life. RIP sweetheart. Deepest condolences to her mummy and daddy and all those who loved and treasured her.
Deadpools sister, London, United Kingdom
What is wrong with these people? I genuinely despair of the human race.
Iseult, North Coast NI, United Kingdom
Some things are just too terrible for words. Poor little girl.
The short one, Somewhere In Wales , United Kingdom
Poor girl, why oh why are there so many sick men in that country?
happytobeanexnurse, Bedford, United Kingdom
Vile. Just- vile.
Brownbear247, LONDON, United Kingdom
Why are women treated like second class citizens. What type of world are we living in.
AAK123, US, United States
Vile. 45 states allow girls younger than 16 to get married. Massachusetts allows 12 year old girls to get married. We need to fix our mess and India needs to fix theirs as well.
Ted-46, Kent, United Kingdom
I've never ever wanted to visit India. Seems like a vile place with this type of abhorrent crime commonplace.
raynad59, Ciderland, United Kingdom
What is wrong with these people?
Skink, Hiaasen Hermitage, Antarctica
Do they not realize this is a serious problem??
SensualMilkshake, Sussex, United Kingdom
Why is this such a problem in India?
sussexmike, Hastings, United Kingdom
Mal Abdul, london, United Kingdom
Shocking but not surprising as it common in this country