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Justice eludes family of Saiqa Wanchoo

Parents and relatives of a Srinagar woman who was allegedly murdered by her in-laws on May 15 last month Wednesday staged a protest in Srinagar demanding justice.PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

The painful saga of #justice continues…How many more hashtags are we going to witness? Will there be an end to this brutality or we shall continue pleading and crying for #justice.

The curious case of Saiqa Shafi Wanchoo is one among many such cases that sends shivers to your spine.

What happened, how it happened and what led to the end of this beautiful young life is still a mystery unsolved.

On the fateful night between 15th and 16th May 2016, Saiqa was pronounced ‘brought dead’ to the SMHS hospital by the duty doctors at the emergency ward.

She was profusely frothing from her mouth and nose and her body had swollen, with very prominent injury marks on her body, and most noticeable her body had turned blue, which is a classic case of ‘Poisoning’.

But besides all these signs, no serious action was taken by the police; no circumstantial evidence was collected from her husband’s house in Rajbagh where she breathed her last. No FIR was lodged against her in laws, who used to torture her and abuse her for not being a mother, for not bearing their ‘heir’ as they say.

This is not all; the police instead harassed her mother and sisters while investigating the so called case that was registered by her mother.

The post-mortem reports were tampered, as no major organ such as liver sample was sent for autopsy.

Her influential husband and in-laws were not even once taken in custody for investigation.

More so they did not show any signs of remorse.

Even so when her mother went all the way to Delhi to receive the President’s award for her daughter, she was not even paid the travel allowance, which is obligatory for the State Govt to pay to every awardees.

On one hand Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s #betibacho campaign making waves and on the other hand spate of crime against women, domestic violence and sex abuse have reached its zenith.

Will there be an end to all this? Will there be a closure for Saiqa’s mother? Will justice be done?