Month after, Shazia's death remains mystery
POLICE FAILS TO GET POST-MORTEM REPORT; VICTIM'S FAMILY CRIES FOUL
Srinagar, Dec 5: A month has passed since Shazia Majid, in her late 20s, was found hanging from a fan at her in-laws in Bagh-e-Mehtab here, her family continues to face the agony as the death still remains a mystery.
The much-awaited post mortem report essential to establish the cause and circumstances of the death is yet to be procured by the police.
“We have filed an FIR NO 239/2011 under Section 306, 498-A of the RPC, which signifies abetment to suicide due to husband’s cruelty. Shazia’s husband is in police custody and investigations are on. We are waiting for the post mortem reports and hope to get some more clues,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), Saddar, Shabir Ahmad Shah told Greater Kashmir.
Shazia Majid, a gold medalist in Library Sciences (MLiS), a mother of a three-year-old daughter, was working as a Librarian at Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora. She was found hanging a day ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. Her parents fear she was murdered allegedly by her in-laws.
According to family, Shazia was allegedly having a strained marital relationship. “Till November 6, she was living a normal life with her young daughter at her parents home in Jawahar Nagar. Six days prior to Eid, Shazia’s husband, Javed Ahmad Wani sent her a notice through a lawyer asking her to come home. Shazia followed her husband’s orders and returned home at Bag-e-Mehtab two days before Eid,” her family said.
According to her parents, before Shazia’s return, she left a note at Chanapora Police Chowki in which she requested for some protection because her husband “had always been brutal to her”.
“On November 5, Shazia accompanied by her mother and daughter went to her home where her mother stayed with her for a night. In the afternoon of November 6, Shazia’s body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the kitchen just a while after her mother left for her own home to take the stock of Eid preparations,” the family alleged.
“When we reached there around 10 am, Javed didn’t allow us to come inside the house. We were sitting in the lawn and Shazia kept on knocking the door in the intervals, but Javed didn’t open it. In the meanwhile, he opened the door and slapped Shazia thrice on her face and closed it again. It was only after the intervention of some neighbours that we were given entry into the house around 2 pm,” Shazia’s mother said.
“I went upstairs and stayed there for a night without even having dinner. Next morning, Javed’s mother left for her home and I stayed there till noon. Around 12, I left for my home where my husband insisted that I should go back to Shazia’s place to stay with her for some more time. While coming back with my son, on the way near Chanapora, my son received a phone call about Shazia’s death,” she added.
“Javed used to beat my daughter and hurl invectives on her. She was repeatedly subjected to mental and physical torture by her in-laws in general and her husband in particular. On many occasions he abused me and my other family members as well, whenever we tried to intervene,” Abdul Majid, Shazia’s father, said. “He always used to pressurize and force Shazia to get cash from her parents for the purchase of a separate house,” he added.
As per Shazia’s parents, the reason of all these atrocities was Javed’s alleged thirst for dowry. “In February, Shazia somehow arranged Rs 11 lakh by selling a plot at Ompora and also by taking consumer loan from JK Bank, Awantipora. She handed over the whole amount to Javed. Even after this, Javed’s demands and urges were not satisfied, and on the contrary, he continued his brutality till she was ultimately done away with,” Shazia’s father added.
Shazia is no more. While parents are demanding a fair probe into this shocking incident to get justice for the departed soul, her young daughter who is not aware of the worldly affairs continues to lisp “Mama mal gayi. Wo theek ho kay wapis aayegi…! (Mama died. She will come back recovered...!)”
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
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