Victim’s father agrees for post mortem; accepts compensation
Moga (Punjab): Ending a four-day deadlock, father of the girl who was molested and pushed to death from a moving bus here today agreed to conducting of post-mortem and cremation of the body besides accepting the offer of compensation and a government job.
The develompent came while an under-attack Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal described the incident as “intolerable” and “painful” and the police said all the four accused had been arrested.
“I want to request that I want to perform the last rites of my daughter,” the victim’s father told reporters here.
He also said that he had agreed for the post-mortem “without any pressure”.
The father had so far been refusing to perform the cremation till a case was filed against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and others who own the Orbit bus service and cancellation of licence to it. He had been staging a sit-in along with some local politicians to press his demands.
“Whatever the state government has offered to us is acceptable to me. They (state government) have fulfilled our demands and have assured us that my daughter’s killer will be punished,” the victim’s father said.
About compensation, he said he did not know about the quantum. “I cannot say about compensation. Whatever has been given to me is sufficient for me. I am happy that I will move away from here with my daughter,” he said.
The government had earlier offered a compensation of Rs 20 lakh, a government job for her mother, her free treatment and holding trial of the case in a fast track court but the family had rejected it.
He also sought an end to the protest launched over this matter. “This protest should now come to an end…my daughter has already died. If my wife (who is in hospital) dies, then what will be the use of my life? Now I want to lead a normal life,” he said.
Thanking those who supported him, he insisted, “Nobody including government or any officer has ever threatened me (for compromise).”