Widow wants CBI to probe husband’s death, moves SC
Twenty-seven-year-old Amina Yusuf, alias Anchal Sharma, may not have imagined that she will have to pay such a heavy price marrying a Hindu. Barely one-and-a-half month after she converted to Hinduism and married Rajneesh Sharma on August 21, her husband was allegedly killed in police custody.india Updated: Nov 16, 2009 00:15 IST
Twenty-seven-year-old Amina Yusuf, alias Anchal Sharma, may not have imagined that she will have to pay such a heavy price marrying a Hindu.
Barely one-and-a-half month after she converted to Hinduism and married Rajneesh Sharma on August 21, her husband was allegedly killed in police custody.
Now Anchal is fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court to punish her husband’s killers.
“I want justice. Those who killed my husband must be punished,” Anchal told HT on Friday after the proceedings.
A bench headed by Justice Altmas Kabir ordered the Delhi Police to provide protection to Anchal, her mother-in-law Raj Kumari and brother-in-law Pawan Kumar Sharma after senior counsel Pinky Anand said there was serious threat to their lives. Anand said it was a case of honour killing.
Flanked by her mother-in-law and brother-in-law, the girl accused her father Md. Yusuf Mazari and brothers Tariq Ahmad Mazari and Javed Ahmad Nazari of colluding with the police.
Daughter of a vigilance inspector in the sales tax department and a resident of Nehru Park area, near the Dal Lake, in Srinagar, Anchal demanded a CBI probe into the matter. She said she had little faith in the state police.
Her mother-in-law said: “I lost my son. I want justice” and burst into tears.
Rajneesh, who ran an aluminium fabrication workshop, was found dead at Munshi Bagh Police Station on October 5 this year after being picked up from his Jammu residence on September 30.
Besides a CBI probe, Anchal has also demanded transfer of the trial outside Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 50 lakh compensation for her husband’s death. The court will hear the matter on November 27.
She alleged that the police murdered her husband after keeping him in illegal custody. The death was made out to be a suicide at the behest of her parents who were against their marriage, she alleged.
Anchal had married Rajneesh at an Arya Samaj Temple in Jammu. She converted to Hinduism and changed her name to Anchal Sharma before the marriage.