NEW DELHI, Dec 30 � The mortal remains of the gangrape victim, who died in a Singapore hospital yesterday, were consigned to flames here early today away from public glare, shortly after her body was received by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the small hours, reports PTI.
The funeral pyre was lit by her sobbing father at a crematorium in Dwarka sub-city after traumatised relatives and friends said their final prayers at a ritual at the house where the girl lived in southwest Delhi.
Singh and Gandhi waited at the Palam technical area of the IGI Airport where a special aircraft of Air India carrying the body of the girl as also her parents and two brothers taxied down the tarmac in heavy fog in a sombre atmosphere reflecting the national mood against the bestial attack on her two Sundays ago.
After the plane landed at IGI Airport around 3.30am, Singh and Gandhi met the disconsolate parents and brothers of the paramedical student.
Amidst heavy deployment of Delhi Police, BSF and Rapid Action Force personnel in riot gear, the body was then taken to the house, where she lived, and rituals were performed before being taken to the crematorium at Dwarka Sector 24.