"The rape accused deserves harsh punishment and should be burnt to death publicly," said the emotionally choked mother of the deceased girl to reporters at Mayo hospital premises where the body was kept overnight before being sent for post mortem.
The shocked parents of the girl, who passed away last evening following cardiac arrest after battling for life for nine days at a private hospital here, received the body this morning after the post mortem at the Government Medical College Hospital.
They later left for Seoni escorted by a team of Madhya Pradesh police, led by inspector S Varthi.
The deceased, the fourth child in the family, was allegedly criminally assaulted on April 17 by 35-year-old Firoz Khan, who was later arrested from Hussainabad town in Bhagalpur district of Bihar on April 23.
The girl was first treated at a primary health centre and later shifted to Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College Hospital in Jabalpur and subsequently airlifted to Nagpur on April 20.