Demands death penalty to the culprits
Srinagar: Family members of the Sikh woman who was found hanging from a fan on Thursday last week at her in-laws’ home in Mahjoor Nagar area of Srinagar, staged a protest demonstration here on Wednesday, demanding justice for the victim.
Amid rains, the family members and their relatives assembled here in Press Enclave, displaying photographs of the victim and placards reading “Justice for Pooja” and “Hang the culprits”. They also shouted slogans demanding capital punishment to the perpetrators.
Press Enclave witnessed dreadful sights and echoed with the shrieks of the family when women protesters started crying and beating their chests and faces. One of the women fainted and fell on the road.
Prabhjot Kaur, alias Pooja, 29, hailing from Chanpora, was married six years ago to Manmeet Singh of Mahjoor Nagar who owns a jewellery shop at Hari Singh High Street, Srinagar. The couple had a four-year-old son.
According to the family, Prabhjot did not commit suicide, as claimed by her in-laws, was “murdered” by them and was a victim of “domestic abuse”.
Station House Officer (SHO), Sadder Police Station, Raees Ahmad had earlier said that they have started the investigation in the death under section 144 CrPc.
But the family members said that despite a week passing since the incident, no arrests have been made and the accused are roaming free. They also said that the culprits who are involved in this heinous crime should be hanged.
“They brutally murdered my daughter; all of her in-laws in a pre-planned way jointly murdered her. The injuries on her body are testimony to the fact that she was murdered,” said Ravinder Singh, father of Pooja, in a quivering tone.
“But, unfortunately, no one has been arrested so far and all of them are free. One week has passed and there is no progress in the case. Now we are getting suspicious about the case,” he said. “We want justice for our daughter; all the people who planned and acted upon this gruesome murder should be hanged.”
According an uncle of the deceased, her post-mortem was carried out last Friday, yet the police have not provided a copy of its findings to the family.
“Every time we visit the police station, they say that the forensic report has not come yet. What if the forensic report takes six months to complete, does it mean that the culprits will be free until then?” questioned Harpreet Singh, Pooja’s uncle. “We appeal to the police and all authorities involved in examining this case to speed up their investigations.”
The family also appealed to the Governor to personally intervene in the matter so that justice could be delivered to the victim.