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Nine months on, parents still look for missing 30-year-old

For the past nine months, 58-year-old Sarojini Narayanan has been dialling her daughter’s mobile number at least twice a day, in the hope that she will answer the phone.

mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2011 03:09 IST
Mohamed Thaver

For the past nine months, 58-year-old Sarojini Narayanan has been dialling her daughter’s mobile number at least twice a day, in the hope that she will answer the phone.

Sinni, 30, a mother of two, has been missing since May 5, 2010. Sinni’s husband, Saju, 38, a turner by profession, last spoke to her around 8pm on May 5, when she had just left Ankur Laboratory at Ghatkopar, where she worked, and was headed to her Gawdevi Road residence at Bhandup.

Sarojini said, “Around 10pm we got to know that Sinni had not reached her in-laws residence. Neither Saju nor his parents could be contacted. After searching for some time, we approached the Bhandup police and got a missing persons complaint registered around 11.45pm. Within some time, Saju and his parents arrived at the police station, claiming they were searching for her. I don't trust that.”

Sarojini alleges that Saju, his parents Sarojini and Gopalan Parbat, and his sister Sheeja had been physically and mentally harassing Sinni after she married Saju in April 2004.

They would force her to get money from her parents even after they used up the cash and gold jewellery that Sinni had taken with her after marriage.

Sarojini claims that although Sinni gave her entire salary to her in-laws, they suspected that she gave part of the salary to them.

A few days after Sinni went missing, the Narayanans approached the Bhandup police to register a complaint against Saju and his family alleging that they had murdered Sinni and disposed of her body.

When the Bhandup police did not register the case, the Narayanans approached the high court in July. Their lawyer, Wilson Varghese said, “The court ordered the police to register a case under sections 302 (murder) and 498 (a) (husband or relative of a woman subjecting her to cruelty).”

Vilas Marathe, assistant commissioner of police (Bhandup division) said: “As per the court’s order we have registered a case and have arrested Saju and are interrogating him. His parents are medically unfit and hence we have not arrested them.”