New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the family of the Unnao rape victim, a senior official said here. Other facilities to be extended to the family will be looked at the local level, Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi said.
Senior state minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who was sent to Unnao to meet the bereaved family, also made an announcement in this regard there.
"The chief minister is very much with the family of the deceased in this hour of crisis. The culprits will be dealt with sternly and punished. A fast track court will be set up with this view in mind," Maurya said, adding that besides the compensation, the family will be given a government house.
Earlier on Saturday, ministers Maurya and Kamal Rani Varun and local BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj met the victim's family in Unnao.
Protests were held on Saturday evening as the politicians visited the village, with demonstrators heckling their presence and raising slogans against the state government.
The 23-year-old rape victim, who was airlifted to Delhi and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital with 90% burns after being set afire by the accused, died following a cardiac arrest at 11.40 pm on Friday.
Later on Saturday, the body of the rape victim arrived in her native village in Unnao. Her brother and other relatives reached the village with the body after 9 pm.
There was an emotional outburst as the family received the body in the presence of a large number of people, including leaders of the Samajwadi Party.
Heavy police arrangements were made to avoid any untoward incident. Fire brigade personnel have also been deployed in the village, where senior officers were camping since morning.
About the timings of the victim's last rites, Unnao District Magistrate Devendra Pandey said, "It is yet to be finalised. Senior officials as well as two ministers, who were sent by the chief minister, would remain in the village till the final rites take place."
The family will not cremate the body, and instead opted for a burial, he said, adding her memorial will be made beside the already existing memorials of her grandparents. "The land on which the memorial will be built belongs to the victim's family," he added.
(With inputs from agencies)