Today’s efforts began where earlier information ended. With the magnitude of the coverup laid bare, people started reacting. With time, these random conversations started organizing. People coming together for an important purpose fascinates me because of their willingness to merge, so part of recording this conversation is also about recording a shining effort.
“ SO at police station threatened to put Malti Singh in prison if she didn’t leave. Didn’t file FIR even after Tehelka journo insisted. #VAWAM
Immediately the most important point got picked up.
“ @Vidyut If the complaint has not been filed yet against cops, please please have it done immediately. Would matter later.
“ @Vidyut I can draft for her the complaint to SP. Not a problem. Will need specific details though.
Let’s face it, I write well, but I know little about legal process. On the other hand, Nilim has been through so much that he knows them in and out.
“ @NilimDutta Whom does one complaint to about the cops? As in, whom to approach?
“ @Vidyut FIR happened, no? One can always get directions from CJM/CMM as per Sec 156(3) CrPC@SudhaKanago
“ @Vidyut What do you mean faking an FIR? Hell, they have to forward the case to a magistrate and give case number @SudhaKanago
Yeah, well this I understood. It was the biggest current block of this
case. Accessibility. One would think Ghaziabad is a remote Himlayan settlement the way it was impossible to get cops to file an FIR without organizing an expedition around it. Alas.
“ @NilimDutta If there is a case, they have to do that. No FIR, no case. In-laws happily at home. malti fearing for young son. @SudhaKanago
An important perspective. Something that was becoming evident increasingly as the lack of a lawyer literally flatlined all great ideas. And thus the quest began.
“ @NilimDutta @Vidyut she needs professional help more than well intentioned amateurs like us. We can help in other ways
“ @SudhaKanago I have read about the grit of Manjunath’s lawyer. Need someone like him @Vidyut
“ @Vidyut @SudhaKanago Cops are unimaginably cunning. The system and establishment protects them. You’ll need someone more cunning to counter
In the meanwhile, I had asked for volunteers to go to Ghaziabad with a laptop and get an online form filled on the website of the National Commission and got a response. Before I could take him up on it, more information was happening.
“ @pandeyrohit wait one. More work will need done. Will update. Hang on some more time. You are confirmed, but some signatures and stuff too
“ @pandeyrohit complaints about cops, registered letter, etc. I’ll email you details. You’ll likely have to take printouts
“ @pandeyrohit slight change in plans. Hang in there. will update. In touch with legal advice.
Increasingly we kept coming back to the legal side of things. We needed a lawyer on ground zero, so to say.
“ @SudhaKanago Yes, Sudha. Media attention helps. But you need to get the legal steps right. @Vidyut
“ @pandeyrohit still in talks with people. It seems we had better get a lawyer first…. Thanks for volunteering so freely. Respect.
And people wanting to know what was being done.
In the meanwhile, tweeps had taken the links about the story and run with it, spreading them, making them reach as many people as possible.
While Twitter alone can’t do anything, the more a scandal spreads, the more journalists will be inquiring into the matter and investigating the story – was my guess.
My idea was pretty simple. To not let this story be ignored. And many people had the same idea.
“ @Vidyut commend u on ur efforts on naina singh murder. Ur going about it meticulously thru tehelka personal (cont) http://t.co/cPB4TwT8
“ @Vidyut Is there any update on Malti Singh?
“ @karunajohn @Vidyut Any new development as regard to @JusticeForNaina ?
“ @NilimDutta @Vidyut @JusticeForNaina Am on it. we will see this though. i am calling ssp and io as well, wes will send to local hindi press.
“ @subbureddy just stay along in support
“ @Vidyut have assigned a reporter to this..will check and revert…
“ @NilimDutta @karunajohn @JusticeForNaina We’ll see this thing through. Minor updates, no changes in status. I’ll update as info available.
“ http://t.co/Mtea2mfC How police unlawfully resist filing an FIR; Naina Singh’s case by @Vidyut in her blog.
“ @Vidyut Regarding Naina Singh’s murder, is there a particular reason why the cops aren’t registering the FIR? Are the suspects influential?
“ @AmritHallan bribe is suspected. also political pull, but nothing certain known
People had their own ways. Some posted the title and link, others made it more personal, still others linked it with Violence Against Women – the theme for this month’s awareness initiative. Some highlighted the corruption. Bottom line was. Big wrong happening. Pay attention, do something.
News channels had interviews, but till they started airing them, this was still needed to be promoted.
“ I have seen a lot of people cry for their own problems. My friend@Vidyut is an unique person she fights whose … http://t.co/eqXPJkHR
“ I am feeling exhausted just thinking about the Naina Singh murder. Shudder to think of what her mother is going through 🙁
And from here on… the conversation starts organizing, till we find a game plan.
“ @Vidyut i was thnkng abt the child 🙁
“ @Vidyut I though the FIR was registered?
“ @Vidyut My wife and I often discuss how scary it is to be just a commoner.
“ @Vidyut this is really sad…wtf law and sc…freedom for killing….some law expert shud give advice
“ @Vidyut Vidyut,Naina’s case will need open protests to garner all the attention so that police will lodge FIR & things’ll start moving
“ @Vidyut I think a group of 10-15 people should visit the place with video cameras and make the police register the FIR.
“ @Vidyut There must be some NGO, even of Twitter, that can garner people.
“ @Vidyut Pls write to @singh_prakash and request help. He is ex- DG Police of UP. If we all request maybe he will help #JusticeForNaina.
“ @AmritHallan yes. It is coming together. Journos are going, lawyers are going… if needed all kinds of people will pop up.
“ @Vidyut Perfect. Don’t lose hope. Not yet. #JusticeForNaina
“ @singh_prakash Sir, can you please advise @Vidyut on getting justice for 22yr old girl murdered by in-laws. Even 1 call from u will help.
“ I am going to follow Naina Singh’s murder case in support of her mother and for a citizen’s right to police support. Join in. Walk along.
“ @Vidyut @justicefornaina god this is heart breaking do keep me posted and do let me know if I can do anything
“ @Vidyut @JusticeForNaina hoping the baby is fine! Get some Ngo for babies involved too . Am very concerned abt the lil one.
“ Tomorrow, Naina’s mother meets SSP. Need FIR filed. Complaint against cops. Protection for baby. Need lawyer. Help! http://t.co/p2hvRYQt
“ @Joydas Spoken to a very senior advocate.Shared the link. Hopeful. But disappointing replies from some criminal lawyers @NilimDutta @Vidyut
“ @saima2000 What disappointing replies from criminal lawyers? Problems with case anticipated? @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut yes many. 🙁 Registration of FIR is not a guarantee for justice @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 Can you help us understand, so that we can support better? @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut 1) NO postmortem. So that evidence has disappeared. Completely. 2) No dying declaration to implicate in laws.
“ @Vidyut 3) In Laws can very easily produce medical records of her having died a natural death. THIS cannot be disputed easily.
“ @Vidyut 4) Neighbours seeing marks- The neighbours can refuse to get their statements recorded.Their remarks before media hv no relevance
“ @fzlsammy See, appreciate ur offering to go, but ideally it will help if a person is based in Ghaziabad @Swatysmalik @priyankac19 @Vidyut
“ @Vidyut no need for calling a help…just a hand written letter to the court…court will subsequently appoint a person without charge..
“ @fzlsammy We could move Section 156(3) application. @Joydas @Vidyut @NilimDutta
“ @Joydas @Swatysmalik @priyankac19 @Vidyut Yes Sir, i have one colleague who is based in Gaziabad, he will help hopefully.
“ @saima2000 What about cop’s refusal to file FIR? @fzlsammy @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Joydas @Vidyut @NilimDutta Yes Saima, exactly, running around police is a futile effort.
“ @saima2000 her huband claimed she was ill – would it help to get her personal belongings tested for TB? @fzlsammy @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut In this case we can go to HC only against Police mam. @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy What if neighbours will testify about marks on her body? @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy Also what motive for cops to deceive media about FIR if nothing to hide? @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut If the Cops can be bought, the neighbours can also be bought 🙁 @fzlsammy @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut It could all happen opnce the FIR registered. We can call them as a witness in court to verify. @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Vidyut @fzlsammy @Joydas My consistent advice has been: Get a direction under 156(3) and have the case registered first.
“ @saima2000 Isn’t the cop’s refusal some kind of proof? Why would they refuse to register FIR? @fzlsammy @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut Mam, without a delay filing of 156(3) complaint before magistrateis necessary, @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy Can you guide? @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Vidyut @fzlsammy @Joydas then, also file written complaints with SSP/DGP putting on record inaction.
“ @Vidyut our college have legal aid society.. i m in law faculty of delhi university..contact them..they have tie up with ngo
“ @fzlsammy I am not a lawyer – just nosy blogger. Don’t know these things @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Vidyut @fzlsammy @Joydas Rest of the legal strategy, frankly, is too premature to be discussed right now.
“ @Vidyut @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta I can help in all legal complexities and drafting work. We need a Local Advocate to be there.
“ @Natha_peepli very excellent. Can you put me in touch? @Joydas
“ @fzlsammy Thanks a lot. We’ll figure it out inch by inch @saima2000 @Joydas @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy and me could get the application ready in a day or two and simultaneously look for a lawyer @Vidyut @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Vidyut @fzlsammy @Joydas And having the case registered is just the beginning. Consider it long struggle to have it investigated
“ @Vidyut @saima2000 Police ke khilaf FIR file nahin karney ka koi case file ho sakta hai kya? That is another injustice in this matter.
“ @saima2000 Thats one positive step. But I mean can the concerned police be tried investigated and punished for refusing first? @Vidyut
“ @Stupidosaur yes. cops can be jailed for refusing to file FIR @saima2000
“ @saima2000 Yes, i have all the laws with me Right Now. Dont bother I am in to help 24*7 @Vidyut @NilimDutta
“ @Stupidosaur @Vidyut yes we can move to the Courts to compel the police to register an FIR incase there is a refusal.
“ @fzlsammy @saima2000 She meets SSP tomorrow. Feeling intimidated. Lawyer of some kind good company even if not final guy @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy let us do this tomorrow? Get it listed on Saturday. So we can go to the Court on Saturday. what say? @Vidyut
“ @Vidyut @fzlsammy do you know someone who can go? Fazal. I dont know anyone! @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut Ye sahi hai! @saima2000 What sort of proof does that need?
“ @saima2000 @Joydas @fzlsammy @NilimDutta @Vidyut How Can I Help U In This Case #justice4naina
“ @saima2000 @fzlsammy could one of you or lawyer friend drop in? Just someone who understands law standing by her side @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Vidyut I have one friend, lem me talk tomorrow, @NilimDutta
“ @AbduSays do you know a good lawyer in Ghaziabad? @saima2000 @Joydas @fzlsammy @NilimDutta #justice4naina
“ @Vidyut tomorrow is impossible for me! My boss doesnt function w/o me 😛 even @fzlsammy ‘s boss doesnt work w/o him! @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut Problem to go with police is they can only order investigation and close the case. @Joydas @Saima2000 @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy Please keep me in loop @saima2000 @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy did not understand… what would be better? @Joydas @Saima2000 @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut @Joydas @Saima2000 @NilimDutta Its better to go court, to keep moving under courts direction. #MyAdvice
“ @saima2000 @Joydas @fzlsammy @NilimDutta @Vidyut I Dont. . . I Hope @irajdeep Can Help In This
“ @fzlsammy oookay. Should she ditch SSP tomorrow then rather than be fooled into something? @Joydas @Saima2000 @NilimDutta
“ @fzlsammy I concur with what you say. Absolutely @Vidyut @Joydas @Saima2000
“ @Vidyut fine..i will talk to my teacher and members..tell you the procedure..before 11..
“ @Natha_peepli specifically need a good lawyer in Ghaziabad. Advice is happening, no lawyer from there 🙁
“ @Vidyut are u in urgent need?
“ @Natha_peepli well… yeah. three days and not even FIR filed. Case being packed under carpet
“ @Vidyut Were you able to talk to a lawyer on this? I know someone in Blr.. will talk to him tomorrow to get a perspective.
“ @Keerthi_AK Been speaking with lawyers… many lawyers. Problem no one in Ghaziabad. You know one of those?
“ @Vidyut No let her Go and with written complaint. It will help us to sue Police officers Later. @Joydas @saima2000 @AbduSays @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut No No. Let her go to SSP tomorrow. Even their refusal to help will help in court @saima2000 @AbduSays @fzlsammy @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut Well thats the prob:( donno any in Ghaziabad. But am going to check with this lawyer uncle if can refer us to anyone there.
“ @Joydas Then we should figure out a journo or someone to accompany her. Maybe from @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @AbduSays @fzlsammy @NilimDutta
“ @saima2000 @Joydas @fzlsammy @Vidyut Let Her Make Sure She Gets Acknowledgment For Written Complaint Submission
“ @Vidyut Yes. Even Karuna is trying to arrange for some lawyer/NGO @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @AbduSays @fzlsammy @NilimDutta
“ @Joydas @Sumit_Nagpal has legal reporters who have already done 1 interview with her. @saima2000 @AbduSays @fzlsammy @NilimDutta
“ @Vidyut Yeah @Sumit_Nagpal Sir can help us . @saima2000 @AbduSays @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @Vidyut Childline can help? Because custody of the child is involved?
“ @Joydas @Vidyut Can one of you Follow me so I can send you a personal messgae with a number?
“ @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @fzlsammy @NilimDutta @Vidyut Lets All Work Togethe For This Initiative #justice4naina
“ @maps4aid good idea. consulting with the others. thanks.
“ @fzlsammy Will be running this story tomorrow! Will also take this case in my show #LegalPoint @Vidyut @saima2000 @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @fzlsammy About concern for safety of child will simple call to child helpline work? @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @AbduSays @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @Vidyut yaar.. only on tomorrow.. I can tell..whether a substantiall help can be provided or not…i will reply on your twitter account..
“ @MickeySugarles Thanks. She in Delhi/Ghaziabad?
“ @Vidyut @Joydas There’s another one, looking for it. Why hav no lawyers taken this up yet? Seems like you guys have contacted quite a few.
“ @Vidyut yes Naina’s mother should @fzlsammy @Sumit_Nagpal @AbduSays @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @MickeySugarles Many, many lawyers in Delhi. None so far from Ghaziabad 🙁 @Joydas
“ @Sumit_Nagpal Good. and also Request ur friends to help us Sir. @Vidyut @saima2000 @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @Sumit_Nagpal Malti goes to meet SSP tomorrow afternoon. Possible to send someone with her? @fzlsammy @saima2000 @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @Vidyut Regarding Childs Safety shold call help line, even Just Now, if can @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @saima2000 k. will tell her. @fzlsammy @Sumit_Nagpal @AbduSays @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ @MickeySugarles very excellent. Send all info. Will speak in morning.
“ @Vidyut But none of these lawyers you spoke to know someone in Ghaz? And some rule or what, that only local lawyers can take local case =/?
“ @MickeySugarles some options come up, no one directly asked and accepted yet. Work in Progress.
“ @Vidyut : Nari Vishwas Bharti for Women’s Rights- Vijay Nagar, Ghaziabad http://t.co/lFOifbys . This one I have verified contacts by call.
“ @Vidyut Ok, will keep following your updates.
“ @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @fzlsammy @NilimDutta @Vidyut Loving This #justice4naina.. Glad To Spare Some Time For Justice In This Cruel World
“ @vidyut Earlier @JusticeForNaina contacted bubli behenji. But it seems she could not help. Maybe if u talk to them..
“ @Joydas @Vidyut @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @AbduSays @fzlsammy @NilimDutta @karunajohn- Sent some stuff to Vidyut, check with her.
He had send phone numbers of several lawyers who worked with cases related with women’s rights.
“ @ashokarora2310 Sir request for your urgent help in this case http://t.co/7SjaaFDe All of us would be grateful. @Vidyut @NilimDutta @Joydas
“ Also requesting @Criminalawyers to guide us in #JusticeForNaina (cc: @Joydas @Vidyut @NilimDutta @fzlsammy )
“ @Sumit_Nagpal @saima2000 @fzlsammy @NilimDutta @Vidyut Great Initiative #justice4naina
“ @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Joydas @Vidyut @fzlsammy Do we have a local advocate in Ghaziabad? I have just spoken to one hwo stays there.
“ @vidyut we can request bubli behenji from nari vishwas to accompany malti to the SSP tomorrow. she is from vijaynagar itself. can follow up
“ @NilimDutta That is good. @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Joydas @fzlsammy
“ @maps4aid will do, depending on what gets decided tonight as best option. Maybe a lawyer will work out.
“ @NilimDutta @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Joydas @Vidyut I have jus spoken to a friend, he is coming to supreme court to meet me tomorrow.
“ @NilimDutta @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Joydas @Vidyut and he is based in Gaziabad.
“ @fzlsammy Great dost,I appreciate your endeavour from the core of my heart @NilimDutta @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Joydas @Vidyut
“ @fzlsammy Awesome. Great News @NilimDutta @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Vidyut @NilimDutta
@Criminalawyers @Joydas @fzlsammy
just confirming what we need to do urgent.
1. Call child helpline to secure Naina’s son’s safety.
2. File complaint against in-laws. 3. File complaint against cops.
“ @fzlsammy Great. So all angles getting tied up @saima2000 @Criminalawyers @Joydas @Vidyut
In the end, we are here:
FIR against the in-laws, cops, doctor giving false certificate and anyone else involved in the cover up.
Call Children’s Helpline to remove child from their custody.
Draft FIR, and any other complants/writs (whatever those words are).
Identify people to write to, and write to all kinds of people in the country.
A few generous junior lawyers have volunteered and offered to do any footwork needed, so that we use the resources of experienced lawyers judiciously.
Hoping that the lawyers will meet her in person and get all the information that “everybody knows” which will help get a more detailed understanding of
case and in turn make the facts more accessible to everyone.
Wish us luck!