Year on, family seeks punishment for daughter’s killers
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, Apr 30: Ahead of her death anniversary, the family of 26-year-old Sameera Jan who was brutally murdered allegedly by her husband Bilal Ahmed Pandit last year on May 1, on Monday demanded death sentence for the accused.
Staging protests at Mushtaq Memorial Press Enclave in the City, the bereaved said the accused should be given no relaxation but “the Capital punishment, which will serve an eye-opener for others”.
“We want justice and nothing less than gallows for the accused … No other woman should become a victim the way our daughter became by being stabbed,” they said.
“Our daughter was in a family way, her murder was the killing of two innocent lives,” they shouted.
Sameera was married to her paternal cousin, Bilal son of Abdul Ahad in 2007.
In around March last year, following some health problem, she had come to her parental home at Khanqah-e-Sokhta in Shahr-e-Khaas.
But on the fateful day she was on a visit to her uncle’s place at Kralpora where from Bilal had taken her to his home.
“At 10:30 PM(on the fateful day), some cries could be heard from the house… when we rushed in she was lying in a pool of blood while her in-laws and husband were absconding,” the victim’s family had claimed.
Moreover the family said Sameera’s husband wasn’t the sole culprit for the crime. “She was stabbed to death by many people. One single person, her husband couldn’t have done it alone. The other accused too should be arrested and a high level probe ordered,” they said.
The bereaved said the accused man’s family has managed to get them falsely booked for various charges in the police records.
They appealed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, MOS Home Nasir Sogami and NC Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq to personally look into the matter.
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