By Shafat Mir
Anantnag: Bodies of a woman and three-year-old daughter, who had gone missing on February 6 this year, were recovered from the Jhelum at Semthan, Bijbehara on Sunday.
Afroza, 29, had left her husband Bashir Ahmad Shah’s home following an argument on the evening of February 6. She took her daughter Zaira along.
“Bashir had asked Afroza to leave home that day after they had an argument over some issue. Next day we were informed about their disappearance. It is Bashir who killed her and then dumped both the bodies in the river to pass it off as suicide,” said Ghulam Nabi Thokur, Afroza’s father.
A large contingent of police and CRPF personnel were deployed outside district hospital Anantnag as scores of Afroza’s relatives and neighbours had assembled there after police brought the bodies to the hospital for autopsy.
The protesters, who enforced a shutdown around the hospital area, were demanding severe punishment to Bashir.
Police had detained Bashir after a couple of days the disappearance of the duo but let off within few days. However, he was detained again after protests by Afroza’s family.
His father did not return from Delhi even after being informed about the disappearance of his granddaughter and daughter-in-law,” said Mohammad Ashraf, who lives in the neighbourhood of Afroza’s maternal home.
“We heard these people have been torturing Afroza mentally every now and then,” Ashraf said.
Police are investigating the case under Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code.
Under this section, police have to conduct an inquiry and draw up a report on the apparent cause of death. The report shall be signed by the investigating officer and forwarded to the District Magistrate or the Sub- divisional Magistrate if the case involves suicide by a woman within seven years of her marriage; or
the case relates to the death of a woman within seven years of her marriage in any circumstances raising a reasonable suspicion that some other person committed an offence in relation to such woman.
Also if the case relates to the death of a woman within seven years of her marriage and any relative of the woman has made a request in this behalf or there is any doubt regarding the cause of death.