The last rites of 13-year old Arshdeep Kaur were performed at the cremation ground of Landeke village in Moga at 8.30 pm Sunday.
Amid tight security, the whole village gathered to witness the cremation. An uneasy silence prevailed, broken only by sounds of weeping.
Shinder Kaur, the injured mother of Arshdeep, was brought to the cremation ground on a stretcher trolley. Sukhdev Singh lit the pyre of his daughter.
The voices of protesters soon broke out with slogans of ‘Badal sarkar murdabad’ and ‘Badal sarkar khaa gayi kudi nu’ (Badal government ate our daughter).
“This is not a cremation. We did not bid a proper goodbye to the village’s daughter. It was a forced ritual to suppress the matter. Never before have we had a cremation after sunset. In fact, for the first time we saw dim lamps at the cremation ground,” said Gurpreet Singh, a villager.
“No prayers were said for her soul’s peace. It seemed as if the cremation was a task that had to be undertaken,” said another villager Gurtej.