Nobody killed Naina Singh either

Yesterday evening, someone addressed tweets to me asking for help about a cousin who had been killed in Ghaziabad by her in-laws, cremated and the tweep’s aunt was refused an FIR by the police.

The story was frankly outrageous. Out of a sixties film – I mean, whoever imagines that a woman will be killed by in-laws, cremated within a few hours AND cops will refuse to file case? … but there was no mistaking the tweep’s desperation.

Several of us reached out to organize confirmation and help for this woman. And… the story was true. Far more powerful voices than me are rooting for this woman, but here are the initial facts that got us started.

@thekiranbedi Pls help! My cousin sister ws murderd by her in-laws last night & Ghaziabad police r not registring FIR as thy hav takn bribe
JusticeForNaina
October 16, 2011
A version of this tweet was sent to several public personalities, Lokpal activists and prominent journalists on Twitter
@Musically_high They have shut the police up by paying them money. There were marks on my sisters neck. Neighbours have seen it
JusticeForNaina
October 16, 2011
My cousins mother was insulted by the police and asked to leave the police station. I am not there and can only talk on the phone to her
JusticeForNaina
October 16, 2011
SInce people r asking, The Officer in charge in Vijay Nagar Police Station Ghaziabad refused to register FIR twice for a murder
JusticeForNaina
October 16, 2011
@janlokpal The officer in charge refused to file FIR and challenged my aunt ‘Dekh Lete hain tum kya kar leti ho’ – HOW DARE HE!!
JusticeForNaina
October 16, 2011
In today’s day and age, we are unable to register an FIR! Is this modern India! Please help #Team Anna
JusticeForNaina
October 16, 2011
My Aunt is on her way to the VijayNagar Police Station for the 3rd Time. She met the SSP this morning, we have tried to put pressure on SSP
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
Will she be 3rd time lucky in the largest democracy in th world to register a case fr murder of her daughter or wll she be thrown out again?
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
The SSP has spoken to the corrupt Officer in Charge of Vijay Nagar Police Station and has reportedly asked him to register an FIR
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
@beingjyoti She went alone. She is a very strong lady. I am so proud of her. She is single handedly fighting the system.
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
We managed to put pressure on SSP through some contacts.Sad situation that we have had to do that.
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
My aunt is on her way to the Police Stn.Lets see how Police react nw. Im planning on naming & shaming them in public if an FIR is not lodged
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
The Police turned my aunt around for the 3rd time verbally telling her that they will lodge an FIR !! They r corrupt to the core! #janlokpal
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
They said they wll lodge an FIR on her behalf. Thy take her 2 to be a fool. She wants a paper copy befre she leave the Police Stn @janlokpal
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
She is at the Police Station now fighting them – forget about the pain of loosing her daughter, these corrupt Policemen r animals @janlokpal
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
Police hav just told her tht they wll give her a copy of FIR aftr they hav completed their investigation ! @Joydas @Vidyut @BDUTT @janlokpal
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011

In spite of all this, there is still no FIR filed so far!!! To make a hideously bad pun, it is their funeral. I don’t think this is going to go away. too many people outraged and rightly so.

 

I for one want to see heads roll.

Anil Kumar – Officer-in-charge at Vijay Nagar Police Stn SHAME ON YOU FOR TAKING MONEY TO COVER UP A GIRL’S MURDER @janlokpal @bdutt @Joydas
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011
Anil Kumar – How can you take someones fundamental right to lodge an FIR for their daughter’s death. HOW!!!!!!!! @Janlokpal @bdutt @Joydas
JusticeForNaina
October 17, 2011

 

The story as told by the tweep [name withheld for now at least]

  • His cousin was murdered by her in-laws.
  • Neighbours saw marks on her body that pointed to murder.
  • Within hours of her death, her body was cremated.
  • The police (presumably bribed) refused to file and FIR when the mother complained.
  • Twice. The third time the aunt was accompanied by journos and told that she would get the FIR after investigations were complete. Which is bizarre.
  • The victim’s mom was begging for justice instead of mourning a daughter needlessly killed.

I will not presume details and filling gaps without confirmation – media WILL take this on, but based on the initial news, the outraged woman wants at *least* the following heads to roll…

  • The victim’s husband and in-laws involved.
  • The doctor who issued death certificate
  • ALL police involved in cover up – that means EVERY policeman who heard this story and made no move to file case. And specially – Anil Kumar from Vijay Nagar Police Station.
  • And anyone else who falls out of this tree once it shakes.

To put it mildly, I am furious that this can happen with such collusion and impunity. Nobody killed Naina Singh. Heck according to cops, she wasn’t killed at all, no – if there is no case?

But most importantly, that brother not even living in the country, most likely young and unsure who dared raise his voice and draw attention to this whole story publicly – he has my respect.

Lastly, why am I writing all this? Because I want this news to spread, become an outrage. Read it, pass it on, talk about it, follow it in the news… don’t let it vanish. We all have cousins.

Update:

I have got the news that the Tehelka Journalist insisted on an FIR being filed, and finally it is filed. Will post link once they upload it.

Update 2:

FIR filed under 304B of IPC – which should mean Naina’s in-laws being arrested and non-bailable warrants.

Tehelka is covering this story for sure, as are NDTV. Other newspapers and channels expected to join in too.

Legal help has been volunteered as well. Will update details when Naina’s mother accepts it.

Feeling good about the capacity of people to reach out and help. Many, many strangers have joined forces to make this possible.

Update 3:

Tehelka has posted their first article about Naina Singh’s murder

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