- Geeta Pandey
- BBC News, Delhi
Six years ago, a teenage girl wrote a letter in her blood, asking for justice for her mother.
His mother was burned alive before his eyes, but after the investigation that began with this letter written six years ago, the killer has now been convicted.
Latika Bansal, now 21, and her younger sister were eyewitnesses to the case. In this case, the court has sentenced Manoj Bansal, the father of the girls, to life imprisonment.
These girls told the court during their testimony that their father used to kill their mother. They were subjected to this atrocity only because they had given birth to daughters, not sons.
However, Bansal had denied the allegations leveled against him and presented his side in court saying that his wife had committed suicide.
The court delivered its verdict in the case on Wednesday. A court in Bulandshahr delivered its verdict in the case on Wednesday. The court found Bansal guilty of killing his wife.
The number of people who want a child in India is still at a high level. It is a popular belief in a section of the society that the son carries forward the lineage and the son becomes the support of the parents in the last stage of their age.
While daughters are considered a burden, they must marry and pay a heavy dowry in marriage. People at a large level in society believe that girls have to leave one day.
Gender discrimination still exists in India
Women’s rights activists believe that this thinking is responsible for the discriminatory treatment of girls in India.
Discriminatory treatment of girls, fewer women than men, female feticide is the result of all this.
During the hearing of the case, the Bansal sisters recounted the times when their father beat their mother.
He remembered the times when he was growing up and almost every day his mother Anu was mocked for not having a son. They were beaten.
The fact that Anu was forced to abort six times also reached the court. Her womb was illegally sex-examined and when she learned that there was a daughter in her womb, Anu was forced to have an abortion.
The Bansal sisters told the court that since the morning of June 14, 2016, their lives had changed forever. When his father poured kerosene on his mother and set her on fire.
His father had the support of his family in this act and he denies any such allegations.
When the Bansal sisters saw their mother burning
During their statement in the trial court, the Bansal sisters said: “It was around 6.30 in the morning. We were sleeping and we were woken up by our mother’s screams. We could not help our mother because the room where we sleep. . They were closed from the outside. We saw them burn.”
Latika said, “We also called the local police and the ambulance service, but there was no response to our calls. He was not taken seriously. After that we called our maternal uncle and told him everything to the grandmother. After which they would return. came and rushed the mother to the hospital.”
Doctors who treated Anu Bansal said that when Anu was brought to the hospital, she had suffered eighty percent burns. He was admitted to the fire room but died a few days later.
This matter came to light when the Bansal sisters wrote a letter in their blood to the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding justice in this matter. At that time the age of the Ansal sisters was 15 years and 11 years. He had also complained to the local police by writing a letter to Akhilesh Yadav and explained how his mother’s murder case was declared a suicide.
The local police investigator at the time was suspended after this letter. He was accused of not investigating the matter seriously and thoroughly. After that, Akhilesh Yadav handed over the investigation of this case to the police and administration.
Lawyer Sanjay Sharma, who presented the Bansal sisters’ case in court, told the BBC: “It took six years, one month and 13 days to get justice in this case.”
Sanjay Sharma said, “In six years, the Bansal sisters appeared in court more than 100 times in this case and during that time they did not miss a single appointment.”
daughters fighting father
He said it was a very different case in itself, where the daughters fought against their father and finally got justice.
Sanjay Sharma said that he did not collect any fee from the family for this case because their financial condition is not good. Also, through this case, he wanted to draw people’s attention to a very serious issue in society.
He said: “It was not just a case of murder of a woman. It is a case of crime against society. It is not in the hands of a woman to give birth to a daughter or a son. she has to Why the punishment?”
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