Mysterious death of a married woman
Pulwama: Nine days after the district administration in Pulwama issued orders to exhume body of a young woman to investigate the cause of her death, the local police are mysteriously dilly-dallying the procedure.
Additional district magistrate Pulwama, on March 28, has issued the order to disinter the body of Shugufta Banoo to conduct a postmortem.
Banoo’s father Mohammad Rafiq Beigh had filed a complaint with the district administration that his daughter died on March 15 under mysterious circumstances at her husband Sajad Ahmed‘s house at Chankitar village, 5 kilometers from Tral sub-division town.
Beigh said Shugufta was not at peace at her in-laws place as her husband was intending to divorce her and remarry. “We used to counsel her to reconcile with the situation whenever she was asked to leave the house. Her husband never came to take her back. Whenever she went back, it was ast the intervention of her husband’s grandparents,” Banoo’s uncle Ghulam Qadir Beigh told Kashmir Reader.
Beigh family that lives in Panzoo village suspect that Banoo has been subjected to death by her in-laws through poisoning or severe beating. “When she died, her in-laws dodged us on the actual state of affairs. They made us to go from one place to another and finally when we reached their village, the body had already been buried,” Beigh said.
Beigh family has taken up the issue of post mortem with deputy inspector general of police (south Kashmir range) and Principal Medical College, Srinagar.
“I met Principal GMC at his office in Srinagar. He said that the local police must formally approach them for exhumation,” Beigh said.
According to the order issued by additional district magistrate Pulwama, Showkat Ahmed Rather, the dead body is required to be disinterred by an expert medical team constituted by Principal Medical College.
An official in Superintendent of Police office at Awantipora, Mohammad Amir, told Kashmir Reader that the matter was under investigation. “The case will be taken further and solved soon,”he said. However, the relatives of the deceased woman said that police were not taking up the matter seriously. “Several days have passed since the order was issued for exhumation of the body but police is not taking any action,” Beigh said.