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Had I known a luxury car could save my daughter’s life, we would have not thought twice before giving her husband one when they got married in 2010. Neha’s in-laws wanted the car despite us hosting a lavish wedding and spending more than Rs. 25 lakh on the occasion. We as parents gave her whatever we could but it seems we still lacked somewhere.
Neha was the youngest in the family and also the most pampered. Her father wanted to make her wedding the best day of her life. Had she told us about the demand for the car, we would have given that too.
We came to know about the atrocities she was subjected to just four days before her death when she herself narrated her tale of woes. She, however, asked us not to intervene as it would make matters worse.
Neha was pursuing MBA from a private university in Pune and had a bright future ahead, but her in-laws didn’t even let Neha complete her studies.
We feel guilty for getting her married to a wrong person. My daughter was often asked to sit outside the house as punishment. She was not given meals to pressurise her to meet their demands.
On the day of her death, on July 17, 2014, the police told us Neha’s body was found outside her Rohini residence at 2pm. I know my daughter has been murdered as a dupatta was found wrapped around her neck, and there were injury marks on her legs proving signs of torture.
Ironically, neither her husband nor any of his family members came for Neha’s cremation. His family is trying hard to project it as a case of suicide but we won’t give up.
We are now worried about her two daughters. They are still with her in-laws and I am not sure if they are being treated well. In fact, Neha once told me her mother-in-law wanted a grandson and often taunted her for failing to give birth to a boy. May be this was one of the reason my daughter was murdered.
Police has registered a case of dowry death against Neha’s husband and in-laws but they are waiting for the postmortem report to proceed further. An SDM inquiry has also been initiated in the matter. When Neha’s father reached the spot after about an hour of the incident, only the police was present. It was Neha’s uncle, who resides in the same locality, who informed them.
(As told by Mithlesh Jain, Rohini, Delhi to Faizan Haider)
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